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Leena Maria Peisa


2003-2005 Dolchamar - synthesizer, vocals  
2005-2012 Lordi - keyboards (as Awa)  

Personal information

Also known as: Awa
Born on: 16.03.1979

Leena Peisa (born March 16, 1979) plays the keyboard in the band Lordi, winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. In Lordi, Peisa uses the stage name Awa. Peisa's former bands include Punaiset Messiaat and Dolchamar, both of which are from Porvoo.

In Lordi, she takes on the persona of an unearthly Vampire Countess. She replaced the former Lordi keyboardist Enary, in 2005. The name Awa comes from Be Aware. On the band's website she is said to have many other names. While in Punaiset Messiaat she used the stage name Lende Mielihyvä. Mielihyvä is the Finnish word for pleasure.

The British newspaper the Daily Mail wrongly credited a photo of a woman without make-up as being Awa. Her other band Dolchamar has removed all photos from their website. Perhaps a coincidence, or just playing along with the monster image. In Greece, television channels claim to have videos and photos of the band without stage make-up.