Speaking of M.I.A., I don't think I've written anything about her on this blog. Before we even get to her music, there are a number of things worth knowing about this person:
- Real name: Maya Arulpragasam
- Born in London, raised in Sri Lanka
- Her father (known as Arular) was a founding member of a militant Tamil group
- Family tried numerous times to escape civil war
- Returned to the UK and learned English at age 11
- An art career led to her designing the cover of Elastica's second album and travelling with the band. Met Peaches.
- First album, Arular, released February 2005.
[mp3] M.I.A. - Sunshowers
[mp3] M.I.A. - Galang
* Buy Arular
* Full M.I.A. bio at Beggars Group website