The singer was only 13 when political persecution forced her family to leave Romania and move to East Berlin, where the political climate was also quite oppressive. Despite East Germany's oppressive environment, a teenage Weigl became quite active in the East Berlin music scene of the '60s. She continued to perform the traditional Romanian and Balkan gypsy songs she had learned back in Bucharest, but she also sang with an East Berlin rock band called Team 4 (which was known for a single called "Der Abend Ist Gekommen"). When Weigl was 17, she performed the traditional Romanian gypsy song "Recruti" at the International Song Festival in Dresden, Germany.
Because of her politics, Weigl soon became a target of East Germany's very pro-Soviet communist regime. In 1968, she loudly protested against East Germany's participation in the Soviet Union's invasion of Prague, Czechoslovakia; when the Soviet military took over the streets of Prague, Weigl didn't hesitate to speak out. And as a result of her activism, the Romanian singer was arrested and incarcerated. For several years, she was banned from performing live in East Germany, where the government considered her an enemy of the state.
When she got the chance, Weigl moved to democractic West Berlin and continued to be heavily involved in the arts; in addition to singing, Weigl was a theater director in that part of Berlin. Eventually, she left Germany and, in 1992, moved to New York, which is still her home. The singer became quite active on the Lower Manhattan music scene, and she caught the attention of various jazz musicians, including pianist/organist Anthony Coleman. Although Weigl isn't a jazz artist, she appreciates jazz and has often used jazz improvisers on her New York gigs. In the early 2000s, Weigl came to the attention of Knitting Factory Records, best known for avant-garde jazz but also puts out some world music.
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