The ‘queen of Enfield’ launches her debut single
The owner of an Enfield café has released his first song – under the guise of his popular drag persona ‘Sissy Lea’.
Massimo Malluzzo, who originally hails from Sicily, has run Lancaster Road café Zippola since 2015. But, in recent years, Massimo has become well known locally for something else entirely.
“Since I started this new journey as a drag queen I have built up a reputation,” says Massimo. “The customers [at Zippola] have supported me with everything I do.”
Sissy Lea has been described as the ‘queen of Enfield’ for her crowd-pleasing, camp and sassy persona. The drag name is inspired by the Italian island where Massimo was born.
Before the pandemic, Sissy Lea was performing regularly at Zippola and elsewhere, and now with most restrictions lifted she is again hosting live gigs at the venue – while helping promote her new song Camouflage Veil.
“I am a live singer and it has always been my dream to have my own original song. I began to work with a producer on this dancy pop song. I wrote the lyrics and melody. It’s very catchy – it will stay in your head!”
Explaining the idea behind Camouflage Veil, Sissy said: “It’s a metaphor for when we try to hide by blending in the background out of fear of being seen as ‘different’.
“The song is all about standing out and being ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a dancer, everyone can dance. You shouldn’t have to impress anyone else – just impress yourself.”
Camouflage Veil was released on 22nd May and Sissy is now promoting it with a series of gigs. As well as Zippola, Sissy Lea is set to perform at a number of other venues including The City of Quebec in Marble Arch. She is also hosting a tour of drag queens from the Netherlands. A full list of dates can be found on Sissy Lea’s social media platforms.
Camouflage Veil is available to stream from Spotify and other streaming services.