CrazyBread - Global Warming on the Rise
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They have a loyal following marshalled by the irrepressibly organised Lopa, who leads the band. Like her band’s sound she is about as global as you can be. British Asian and fluent in no fewer than five languages (which helps with getting the best out of her Spanish and Portuguese-speaking musicians), she balances her ambitous side with a wonderful warmth and sense of fun.
I love singing and I love singing with other people, and to have 2 female voices sharing it out on stage creates a powerful resonance. Even now, I get goose bumps when I sing with Anju
Sharing lead vocal duties is her ‘sister in song’ Anju, soulful, gorgeous and down to earth, Anju was once tipped to be the next big thing on the left-field scene but somehow it never quite happened first time round — which is probably just as well for CrazyBread.
I caught up with Lopa — whose voice you might recognise from her moonlighting on BBC World Service, where she reads the news — to find out her recipe for CrazyBread….
How did CrazyBread come about?
One of my pet issues is respect. Respect for yourself, those around you and those who you have yet to meet. Every moment of every day you could do something that makes life a little better, sweeter, easier and I want our music to be an extension of that thought
You’ve been getting about a bit, haven’t you? Where next?
Well apart from a couple of residencies in London, we are going to be playing at the Marlborough Jazz Festival in July and hopefully down at the Eden Project and Bodmin Moor, plus Bristol and Brighton… so watch this space… or should I say myspace. On the site you can listen to some of what I like to call our ‘Bathroom’ recordings! After the summer is over, we’re going to check in to a fully-equipped, no holes-barred, all-mod-cons bathroom and do it properly! I also spent a few weeks in India earlier this year putting together a basic tour for CrazyBread to perform there in November.
You left a glittering career in finance for this, any regrets?
Nope, nada, niente, nunca….uh uhnnn — clear enuff?
What’s the music policy?
Be happy with what we play and who we play with. Keep it fun, keep it true and, nothing is set in stone. I want CrazyBread to be a stage for each one of us, so that when people hear our music, they say “that must be Lisa on bass… or that couldn’t be anyone other than Kiko on guitar…” When people come to our gigs, I want them to take something with them. Whether it’s a feeling of, “yeah, I know what you mean…” to just having had a good time and feeling re-energised and connected.
One of my pet issues is respect. Respect for yourself, those around you and those who you have yet to meet. Every moment of every day you could do something that makes life a little better, sweeter, easier and I want our music to be an extension of that thought.
Link: Catch the Bathrooom Sessions at www.myspace.com/crazybreaduk
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