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M.I.A. at the Siren Music Festival in July 2007 Background information Birth name Mathangi Arulpragasam Also known as MIA Born 17 July 1977 (1977-07-17) (age 31) Hounslow, London, UK Origin Sri Lanka and London, UK Genre(s) Electronic, hip hop, dancehall, folk, dance, indie Occupation(s) Vocalist, composer, singer-songwriter, producer, visual artist, fashion designer Instrument(s) Vocals, drum machine, Roland MC-505, synthesizer, sampler, laptop (MacBook Pro), percussion Years active 2000–present Label(s) XL Recordings (2004–present) Interscope Records (2005–present) Showbiz Records (2003) Website miauk.com Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born July 17, 1977) better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British songwriter, record producer, vocalist and visual artist. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent. She follows Hinduism (Batticaloa) which is very local regional form of Hinduism. Her work in music often encompasses several kinds of genres she has expressed interest in, with lyrics that voice politics, social realism and humour. Her artwork and clothes similarly feature varying topics and colour schemes. An accomplished visual artist by 2002, M.I.A. came to prominence in early 2004 through file-sharing of her singles "Galang" and "Sunshowers" on the Internet. In 2005, her debut album, Arular, was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her second album, Kala, was released in 2007. Contents 1 Biography 2 Art and film 3 Music career 3.1 Arular 3.2 Kala 4 Politics 5 Discography 6 Awards 7 References 7.1 Books and further reading 8 External links Biography Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, the daughter of a Tamil activist-turned militant, Arul Pragasam was born in Hounslow, London. When she was six months of age, her family moved back to their native Sri Lanka. Motivated by his wish to support the Tamil militancy in Sri Lanka, her father became politically known as Arular and was a founding member of The Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS), a militant Tamil group . Her alias, M.I.A., stands for both Missing in Acton and Missing in Action.
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Arulpragasam has an older sister, Kali Arulpragasam, and a younger brother, Sugu. Due to the conflict, the first years of her life were spent moving from home to home. Contact with her father was strictly limited, as she says he was in hiding from the Sri Lanka Army. As the civil war escalated, it became unsafe for the family to stay in Sri Lanka, so they relocated to Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, moving into a derelict house, with sporadic visits from her father. Later resettling in Jaffna again, the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka deteriorated further and the family once again tried to flee the country. Eventually, Arulpragasam, her two siblings and mother Kala moved back to London where they were housed as refugees. It was in the late '80s, on a council estate in Mitcham (South London), that Arulpragasam began to learn English. Arulpragasam speaks English and the Tamil language fluently. Arulpragasam graduated from London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, with a degree in fine art, film and video. She currently lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York in the US and is reportedly engaged to Benjamin Brewer, singer and guitarist for the band The Exit. Art and film Arulpragasam's Pocko Editions Art book cover. (2002)Arulpragasam's first public exhibition of paintings in 2001 at the Euphoria Shop in Portobello, London, featured candy coloured spray-paint and stencil pictures of the Tamil rebellion movement. Graffitied tigers and palm trees mixed with orange, green and pink camouflage, bombs, guns and fighters on chip board off-cuts and canvases. The show was nominated for the Alternative Turner Prize, (Jude Law was among early buyers of her art) and a monograph book of the collection was published by Pocko,  simply titled M.I.A.. The Publication's back cover reads: From a long-forgotten region of endemic conflict comes a project to challenge your ethical core. The art of warfare is sprawled across these pages transforming bloodshed into beauty and raising the phoenix of forbidden expression - The real war is in us. During her time in film school, she cites "radical cinema - Harmony Korine and Dogme 95" as some of her cinematic inspirations, and having written a script, was approached by John Singleton to work on a film in LA. Additionally Arulpragasam expressed an early interest in fashion and textiles, (her mother is a seamstress), designing and wearing self-made clothes, and was a roommate of fashion designer Luella Bartley. She has released some of her work on her fashion label M.I.A., and in July 2008, showcased some designs in a short film she made called Real Pirates of the Caribbean starring Okley Leslie, which she posted on her official website. As of 2008, the song "Paper Planes" was featured in the trailer for Pineapple Express. The film stars actor Seth Rogen and James Franco. Music career A commission from Elastica's Justine Frischmann to provide the artwork and cover image for the band's second album, The Menace, led to Arulpragasam following the band on tour around forty American states, video-documenting the event, and eventually directing the music video for Elastica's single, "Mad Dog God Dam". The support act on the tour, electroclash artist Peaches, introduced Arulpragasam to the Roland MC-505 sequencing drum machine and encouraged her to experiment in the artform she felt least confident in: music. Working with a simple set-up (a second-hand 4-track tape machine, a 505 and a radio microphone), back in London, Arulpragasam worked-up a series of six songs onto a demo tape which aroused interest. This tape included the first track she had ever composed, "M.I.A.", the second track she had ever composed, "Galang", along with "Lady Killa". Impressed with the demo, the duo Cavemen reworked the song "Galang". Audio samples of M.I.A. "Galang" 21-second sample of M.I.A.'s single "Galang" from album Arular. First released in 2003, with its mix of 505 beats and claps, edgy vocals and lyrics, it marked M.I.A.'s emergence in underground independent music circles worldwide. Problems playing the files? See media help. A mix of dancehall, electro, jungle, and world music, Showbiz Records pressed 500 copies of the independent vinyl single "Galang" in 2003 which became popular and made an immediate impact with DJs. In 2004, file sharing and airplay on college radio of songs like "Galang" and "Sunshowers", with the fast propagation of them in clubs and around the Internet by word-of-mouth made her a household name to international music listeners before she had graced a stage, leading commentators to herald her as one of the first successful examples of doing so, who could be used to study and reexamine the impact of the internet on the way listeners listened to and were exposed to new music.
 Major record labels caught onto the popularity of "Galang" and M.I.A. eventually signed to XL Recordings as she felt at the time they were the only label to offer her complete creative control. She also chose them because it was the closest to her house, telling the label, "Trust me, you've been looking for me", before dropping off the "Galang" tape. They called her back soon after. "Galang" was re-released in 2004. The accompanying music video for the song, featuring multiple M.I.A.’s amid a backdrop of her militaristic graffiti artwork animated and brought to life, was art directed by M.I.A., depicting scenes of urban Britain and war. Her next single "Sunshowers," released on July 5, 2004, and its B-side "Fire Fire", described guerrilla warfare and asylum seeking, with one reviewer characterizing the former as "a portrait of religious persecution" and the latter as a "tug-of-war battle between pop culture and guerilla culture."  A video was made for the track, which she filmed in the jungles of South India. She also collaborated with Richard X and Diplo, a Philadelphian, who was coincidentally playing "Galang" as she entered the Fabric Club in London to meet him. She travelled to work on the production of her composition "M.I.A.", with him. Remixing, sampling and mashing up the tracks on Arular, they eventually created the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism, released December 2004. The mixtape followed the success of her two earlier released singles "Galang" and "Sunshowers" increasing anticipation for her album on the blogosphere and elsewhere.  Arular M.I.A. performing at Sónar in June 2005.Originally completed and ready for release in September 2004, Arular's release was delayed over several months, with pushed back dates of release between December 2004 and February 2005 mentioned. Prior to the LP's release, Arulpragasam made her North American debut at the Drake Hotel in Toronto in February, 2005, pulling in a diverse crowd. Receiving a response described as "phenomenal", attendees already knew many of her songs. Arulpragasam's debut album Arular was eventually released worldwide in March 2005 to universal critical acclaim. Composing and titling the album Arular in acknowledgment of her and her father's past, much of its focus lay in experimentation. Consisting of bold, jarring and ambient sounds, complimentary lyrics on Arular were both observational and reflective of her experiences of identity politics, indie culture, popular culture, poverty, revolution, war and with the working class, exemplified by songs such as "Amazon", "Fire Fire" and "M.I.A.". Its themes, use of culture-jamming, multi-lingual slang, and its mix of strident and elusive imagery, social commentary and storytelling incited debate. Arulpragasam was first exposed to Western radio in London, hearing broadcasts emanating from her neighbours' flats in the late '80s. Her liking for hip-hop and dancehall developed from there, finding a common identity with "the starkness of the sound" of Public Enemy, records by MC Shan, Ultramagnetic MCs and the "weird, distinct style" of acts such as Silver Bullet and London Posse. Her time at college shaped her affinity for punk, the emerging sound of Britpop alt-rock and electroclash, after which she began writing and recording songs, incorporating these influences and more. Making Arular largely in London, in a bedroom, Arulpragasam built tracks off her demos with programmed beats she wrote on the 505. Her work attracted artists such as the rapper Nas, who by early 2005 stated, "Her sound is the future." Following "Galang" and "Sunshowers," she later released her third single from Arular, the funk carioca-inspired co-composition "Bucky Done Gun" in July 2005. Arulpragasam performed through 2005 supporting her album at South by South West, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which drew a strongly favourable response and an unusually large crowd for the billing she played, the Manhattan club S.O.B.s, the Bue Festival, a free headlining show at Central Park Summerstage, the Glastonbury Festival, Reading Festival and the Summer Sonic Fest as well as at other venues. She also toured with Roots Manuva and LCD Soundsystem. She appeared on the track "Bad Man" on Missy Elliott’s 2005 album The Cookbook. On July 19, 2005, M.I.A. was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize for Arular. In December, Arular was the second most featured album in music critics’ Year-End Top 10 lists for 2005, and named best of 2005 by publications such as Blender, Stylus and Musikbyrån. M.I.A. ended 2005 briefly touring with Gwen Stefani and the Big Day Out festival. Kala M.I.A. performing at the Siren Music Festival in June 2007.In 2006 M.I.A. wrote and recorded her second studio album, Kala, named after her mother. Following censorship controversies and documented U.S. visa problems in 2006, Kala was worked on while M.I.A. travelled through several locations including India, Trinidad, Liberia, Jamaica, Australia, Japan, the UK and US, using more diverse live instrumentation and brash colours for heavier textures, and layering, whilst exploring traditional dance and folk styles such as soca and dappan koothu (in songs such as "Boyz") and rave culture and music (in "XR2") among many others. The unconventional recording sessions brought out, as did her artwork and photography for the album, both the celebratory and the "rawer, darker, outsider" themes that were felt to have run through Kala. The album also saw her re-embrace bootleg soundtracks of the film music of India from her childhood. Arulpragasam wrote songs about immigration politics, her personal relationships and war.
 Taking Switch on her travels to collaborate with her, she made songs and videos such as "Hit That" and "Bird Flu" available on her internet accounts, official website and for digital download. M.I.A. featured in the song "Come Around", a bonus track on Timbaland's 2007 album Shock Value and a track on Kala. Before her second album's release, Arulpragasam confronted the public media, citing some journalists over-attributing work on her debut album to her male collaborators. Released on June 11, 2007 , "Boyz’," music video was co-directed by Jay Will and M.I.A. and the album's second single "Jimmy," followed (about a genocide tour date invite Arulpragasam received whilst in Liberia) . General acclaim met Kala's release in August 2007. Arulpragasam’s 2007 tour in support of Kala, included a show at Studio B in Brooklyn in July 2007, Lollapalooza, the Gloria Theatre in Germany, the Arena of Nîmes supporting Björk, Rock en Seine and Get Loaded in the Park - a festival gig that drew a crowd sing-along pitch described in a review as "near hysterical." M.I.A. performed at the Electric Picnic, Connect, the Virgin Festivals, the Osheaga Festival, Austin City Limits, at the opening of the Terminal 5 club in New York and Parklife among other gigs. M.I.A. ended 2007 with a mini-tour of venues in the UK. Supporting acts throughout her tour included Rye Rye, Santogold, The Cool Kids, Soko, Radioclit and Buraka Som Sistema. She provides guest vocals on their kuduro song "Sound of Kuduro." Arulpragasam revealed in December 2006 that she revisited Liberia to meet war-affected people there including ex-child soldiers and featured in a "4Real" TV-Series documentary on the post war situation in the country with activist Kimmie Weeks. In a video documentary for Vbs.tv in 2007, M.I.A. and director Spike Jonze visit Afrikan Boy in his immigrant neighborhood of Woolwich, South London. In the documentary, M.I.A spoke of the possibility of launching her own record label entitled Zig-Zag, with Afrikan Boy’s track "Lidl" being the first release.
In December 2007, Kala was named the best album of 2007 by publications including Rolling Stone and Blender. M.I.A. was also included on USA Today's "100 Most Interesting People of 2007". M.I.A. released Paper Planes - Homeland Security Remixes EP digitally on February 11, 2008. In early 2008, M.I.A. DJed at the Marc Jacobs fashion show after party, and modelled for "Marc by Marc Jacobs" in Spring/Summer 2008. M.I.A proved popular at the annual Experience Music Project's Pop Conference held in Seattle, USA in April 2008, with paper submissions by academics and discussions by panellists on her and her work presented on the theme of "Shake, Rattle: Music, Conflict, and Change." M.I.A. toured during the first half of 2008, with opening tourmates including Holy Fuck, before stating she would end touring in support of Kala, cancelling her European tour dates through June and July, opting to start on a new album with producers Anthony Asher and Diplo. Stating "This is my last show, and I'm glad I'm spending it with all my hippies," M.I.A performed a set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Politics Politics and global ideas are prominent in M.I.A.'s art. Her work draws from Arulpragasam's experiences of poverty, survival, violence, prejudice and War. On the political nature of her work she has said, "I have to be true to that--I can't take certain things away. I do have a political background. I’m only in England, learning this language and building a life in this society, because of political reasons. Why would I deny that? M.I.A. has talked about the fusion of politics into her music. "Nobody wants to be dancing to political songs. Every bit of music out there that’s making it into the mainstream is really about nothing. I wanted to see if I could write songs about something important and make it sound like nothing. And it kind of worked." Asked in 2005 if she was always political, M.I.A. referenced her political development. "I think I was always slightly political but my issues change with what’s going on in my life. Politics is something that I’ve never been able to discuss with anyone and everyone…my life in England for the first ten years wasn’t really political. It was more about getting an equal shot as the next person. I wanted a shot at an education…politics came back to me after I went back to Sri Lanka. Once I studied and wanted to be a filmmaker, I tried to make a documentary on what it was like to be a young person in Sri Lanka. I wanted to make a film that could compare the 19-year-olds in Sri Lanka. That’s when I came across so much politics." M.I.A. has expressed discontent with the formula for the War on Terror and its global impact. "You can't separate the world into two parts like that, good and evil... America has successfully tied all these pockets of independence struggles, revolutions, and extremists into one big notion of terrorism." M.I.A. talks about the relationship between first and third world countries and the differences that exist between them, as well as the similarities. "It's O.K. to add new elements to your ideas, to your existence," Arulpragasam says. "There will be more bridges built between the developed and developing world." M.I.A. has included numerous artists from developed and developing countries in her music.  "Why don't we ever get to, like, actually hear people talk on TV? Why don't we ever get to hear the starving African kids say something or do something or sing something or express something? We show them but they don't have a voice." Discography Main article: M.I.A. discography 2005: Arular 2007: Kala Awards Some awards and nominations M.I.A. has received are listed below. Alternative Turner Prize 2002 Shortlisted—M.I.A.—Maya Arulpragasam Mercury Music Prize 2005 Shortlisted—Album of the Year—Arular Groovevolt Music & Fashion Awards 2005 Won—Best Alternative Album—Arular South Bank Show Awards 2005 Nominated—Breakthrough Award—M.I.A. Shortlist Music Prize 2005 Shortlisted—Album of the Year—Arular 2007 Shortlisted—Album of the Year—Kala Q Awards 2005 Nominated—Best New Act— M.I.A. Independent Music Awards (Canada) 2008 Nominated—International Album of the Year — Kala 2008 Nominated—International Artist/Group/Duo of the Year — M.I.A. Spin and URB magazines' "Artist of the Year" in 2005. Rolling Stone and Blender's "Album of the Year" 2007—Kala
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Retrieved on 2008-07-16. "M.I.A. Goes Global" (August 2007). Rolling Stone. "Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam". Retrieved on 2007-11-22. "M.I.A. Picks Best Global Sound" (May 2008). Rolling Stone. "M.I.A. is Back in Action". Retrieved on 2008-01-02. "Groovevolt Music & Fashion Awards - Ubersound Winners". Groovevolt.com (2006). Retrieved on December 22, 2007. Books and further reading Arulpragasam, Maya (2002). M.I.A. No. 10 (Paperback ed.). Pocko Editions. ISBN 1-903977-10-X External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: M.I.A.Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: M.I.A.Official site M.I.A. at MySpace M.I.A. at the Internet Movie Database M.I.A. at LyricWiki Interviews: Not-So Missing In Action—Nirali Magazine, 2004 Bingo In Swansea—The New Yorker, 2004 M.I.A. Interview—2005 MIA speaks to aSHANTI OMkar" 2005 Guerrilla Goddess—Rolling Stone, 2005 Exclaim! Magazine - Web Exclusive Interview—Exclaim!, 2007 M.I.A. Interview on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos M.I.A. Studio albums Arular (2005) · Kala (2007) EPs Live Sessions · Boyz EP · Paper Planes - Homeland Security Remixes EP Other albums Piracy Funds Terrorism (2004) Singles "Galang" · "Sunshowers" · "Bucky Done Gun" · "Boyz" · "Jimmy" · "Birdflu" · "Paper Planes" Tours "Arular Tour" · "KALA Back to P.O.W.A. Tour" · "People Vs. Money Tour" Related articles Discography Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.I.A._(artist)" Categories: 1977 births | Living people | English rappers | British documentary filmmakers | English female singers | British singer-songwriters | British composers | British fashion designers | Female rappers | British painters | British people of Tamil descent | Tamil musicians | Tamil Sri Lankans | United Kingdom graffiti artists | British expatriates in the United States | Culture jamming | Tamil refugees | British people of Sri Lankan descent Hidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements since July 2008