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Tuesday 26 July 2016

Annabella Lwin's New Spiritual Direction Breathes Fresh Life Into Bow Wow Wow

Annabella Lwin, at the tender age of fourteen, was one of the most photographed, talked about and popular vocalists in the early 80's with her band, Bow Wow Wow, who enjoyed success with hits such as 'I Want Candy', 'Go Wild in the Country', 'C30, C60, C90, Go!'. 

Her unique vocals, swung between sweet fourteen and banshee squeals, and memorable performances reflected an energetic pop culture.

Bow Wow Wow were a quartet organized by U.K. manager Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols) at the start of the '80s. 

McLaren formed this new band, with two of Adam Ant's original musicians Matthew Ashman (lead guitarist)  Dave Barbe (drums) and new recruit Leigh Gorman (bass).

Singers were auditioned & they decided on a teenage girl named Annabella. 

The band lasted three years before the musicians in the band, decided to form another band, Chiefs of Relief ousting their lead singer, as they had with Adam. 


Lwin was left broke: ""I was 17 and had a mortgage to pay. And I was engaged. That went south very quickly afterwards."

Performing low-key shows on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as large promoted concerts under her own name & Bow Wow Wow, the new millennium found Annabella also expanding and employing her talents as a songwriter in new commercial, as well as spiritual, directions.

"I am thankful that I wasn't just your a-typical teenager. At the band's demise I started questioning things in my life as I had given up everything to be in the band. 

"I think fate played a big part and now I understand it fully. I took time out and get on with working, earning money to pay bills and experiencing life. Not being on a magazine cover, in the public eye or on TV." 


She has worked behind the scenes for global charities like UNICEF and Save the Children Fund, through Buddhist organization SGI. Performed at concerts to help raise funds & bring awareness such as Tsunami, with renowned musicians Dave Navarro (Chilli Peppers, Alice in Chains) & Billy Morrison, (The Cult) for Diabetes, Dog & Cat rescue centers amongst others.

Annabella has written and recorded songs in movies Scandalous starring Sir John Gielgud, Phoenix Point starring Angelo Moore and Salsoul Queen Cecilia Noel, (Cecilia & the Wildclams),

Her ongoing Buddhist practice continues to enhance and inform her artistic sensibilities. 

The spirit of her songs confirms her ongoing celebration of life through music.

Annabella's Bow Wow Wow @ Concorde 2, Brighton, on Tuesday 9th August 2016. See Concorde2.co.uk and annabellalwin.com for more details.


by: Mike Cobley

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