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Annabella Lwin

Annabella Lwin performing with Bow Wow Wow in Kant-Kino, Berlin, Germany in 1982.
Background information
Birth name Myint Myint Aye
Born 31 October 1966 (1966-10-31) (age 43)[1]
Origin Yangon, Myanmar
Genres Alternative rock, new wave, pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Bow Wow Wow
Website Official website www.myspace.com/annabellalwin

Annabella Lwin (born Myint Myint Aye on 31 October 1966) is an Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow.

Biography

Lwin was born to a Burmese father and an English mother in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar).[2][3] Her birth name, Myint Myint Aye, is Burmese for "high, high, cool"; the name was given to her by a Burmese priest.[4]

In 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren's singing at the dry cleaners for whom she worked. Following her successful audition for the lead singer position in McLaren's new group (the yet-to-be-named band Bow Wow Wow), he had her transfer from a mixed comprehensive school in London to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. McLaren dubbed her 'Bess Man'.[5] The group would go on to top charts with the hit songs "Go Wild in the Country", "Do You Wanna Hold me?" and "I Want Candy". Lwin later caused controversy the following year by posing nude for the cover of See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy., the group's first full-length album.

When Bow Wow Wow broke up in 1983, Lwin embarked on a solo career, releasing Fever in 1986 (RCA 8061). She formed a new band, Naked Experience, and collaborated with other musician/songwriters such as Billy Steinberg and Ellen Shipley. One song, 'Carsex', made the Top 10 dance charts, but its followup "Do What U Do", produced by Steve Lironi was never officially released due to record-label politics.

Lwin reunited with former bandmate Leigh Gorman in 1997 to recreate the sound of Bow Wow Wow for a US tour. The reunion included appearances by a range of musicians including the new, such as Eshan Khadaroo of Beat Kitchen, and the established, including Adrian Young from No Doubt, both playing drums in place of original member Dave Barbarossa. Original guitarist Matthew Ashman having died in 1995, various guitarists filled in.

Lwin has also recorded original material as a solo artist, and is a featured vocalist on numerous transatlantic dance tracks with producer/DJs such as Tony B of Groove Radio, Jason Nevins of Run-DMC, and the Utah Saints. (Some mystery surrounds the latter collaboration, as both Lwin's official site and the Utah Saints official site mention the collaboration, but the album appears to have never been available for purchase.) Lwin's songwriting also brought her into partnerships with producers such as Guy Chambers and Michael Lattanzi.

Since 2000 Annabella has performed several concerts for global charities, including UNICEF and the Save the Children Fund, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for needy children. She was also a featured vocalist with Camp Freddy members Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison during a fundraising concert for victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Lwin also co-wrote and co-produced a solo song with record producer Carey Beare which was donated exclusively to the Hands and Hearts Organization for Tsunami Relief in the Spring of 2005.

Lwin is a practising Buddhist.[3]

References

  1. ^ Whiteley, Sheila; "Too Much Too Young: Popular Music, Age and Gender", p.45; Routledge, 2005; ISBN 0-415-310296
  2. ^ "A HISTORY OF BOW WOW WOW (1980–2003)" BowWowWow.org (Retrieved: 6 September 2009)
  3. ^ a b Medina, Maximillian Mark; "The Unwitting Pop Music Pioneer" ChopBlock.com (Retrieved: 4 December 2006)
  4. ^ Trunk, Russell A.; "'80s - Bow Wow Wow (Annabella Lwin)" AnneCarlini.com, (Retrieved: 6 September 2009)
  5. ^ Hess, Scott; "The Return of the Mohicans" RollingStone.com, 25 February 1998 (Retrieved: 6 September 2009)

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