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M.I.A.

331 973 fans

Artist's Top Tracks

Paper Planes M.I.A. 03:25
FRANCHISE (feat. Young Thug & M.I.A.) Travis Scott, Young Thug, M.I.A. 03:22
Bad Girls M.I.A. 03:47
Borders M.I.A. 04:11
Go Off M.I.A. 03:04
Y.A.L.A. M.I.A. 04:23
Kites N.E.R.D., Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A. 04:50
Paper Planes M.I.A. 04:00
Jimmy M.I.A. 03:29
Freedun M.I.A., ZAYN 04:42

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Kala

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Biography

After a turbulent start to her early years, which saw the singer move from London to her parents' native land Sri Lanka where her father was a political activist, before a further move to India and a final relocation back to England's capital city, it's no surprise that Mathangi Arulpragasam's (aka M.I.A.) music has many competing influences. Winning a degree in fine art and going on to pursue careers as both an artist and filmmaker, as well as developing a strong interest in fashion, she moved into the public eye mid-way through the Noughties. Par for the course for the decade, it was the internet that acted as her launch pad to the big time, with her first single Galang being leaked to filesharers on the web. Following the same format, M.I.A.'s debut album Arular enjoyed the same treatment in 2005. Her unique sound, political lyrics and bold performances soon gained her a devoted band of followers who waited patiently for the release of her sophomore work Kala (named after her mother), boasting the star's heady mix of worldwide musical influences from around the world.