Fanel Cornelius in “Layla”: “Ballermann’s style is not my world”

There was a good atmosphere and a lot of activity on July 14, 2022 at the Naschmarkt around Reiterbrunnen.  Fanel Cornelius, here chatting with Edith Delord from organizer Casconcept, performed there.  The blues singer did not bring
There was a good atmosphere and a lot of activity on July 14, 2022 at the Naschmarkt around Reiterbrunnen. Fanel Cornelius, here chatting with Edith Delord from organizer Casconcept, performed there. The blues singer did not bring “Layla” on stage there. But sometimes, he says in the interview, he puts it as a DJ. © Jan Keuthen

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Fanel Cornelius lives on Mahlerstrasse in Datteln. He is a musician: singer, DJ, entertainer. You can book the native Romanian, who became known primarily as Castrop-Rauxeler – just as Casconcept did now: He performed on Thursday evening at the Naschmarkt in Reiterbrunnen in the old town of Castrop.

He is booked in company events or weddings, family parties and other events, he appears there as a complete entertainer, moderator, DJ and sings himself. Just like in 2011 when he was on TV with “The Voice”. And what does the man think about the sexism debate surrounding the party song “Layla”?

“The Ballermann style is nothing to me,” says Fanel Cornelius in a video interview with our editors. “I was often asked if I would make such a song. But this is not my world.”



The whole “Ballermann” concept and package is well thought out. From the beginning, parties and beer have always been in the foreground. “But drinking is not culture for me. Ballermann is just a piece of freedom in Mallorca, where you can party and there is a lot of alcohol involved.”

The music has to fit: “They sing about drinking and ‘Fingers to Yes, Mexico,'” Cornelius says, laughing. “I’ve put on Layla every now and then. I don’t even care to play it. When the alcohol level is high, Layla is there… Layla is definitely more fragile…”


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