M.I.A. is now an MBE. The BBC reports that the singer and rapper, whose full name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, was named a Member Of The Order Of The British Empire for her services to music on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list yesterday. More »
Here is the genius of Songland: It’s every music reality show you’ve ever seen, but it’s also every makeover show you’ve ever seen. Like the best minds in the songwriting industry it spotlights, the NBC series — airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET — has managed to distill lots of familiar ingredients into something fresh. There’s … More »
A new documentary about M.I.A., MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., came out earlier this year. During the end credits of the film, an unreleased song from M.I.A. plays called “Reload.” The musician has just officially put it out alongside a music video that was directed by Elastica’s Justine Frischmann. More »
Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., is much more than meets the eye, and now she has a documentary to show fans why and how. The piece is named MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A, and earlier this year it was shown at Sundance Film Festival. It then made its way to cinemas, and now the Steve Loveridge-directed film is available for rent or purchase.
The documentary takes a look into Arulpragasam’s upbringing in London living as an immigrant family from Sri Lanka. This was during a period of time when there was a large stigma on immigrant families living in the city, and as she dubs it in the trailer, “I lived through a war, came as a refugee, and I’m now a pop star.”
M.I.A. has announced she’s taking an extended break from music, saying she feels her content is being buried in the internet world and therefore can’t give weight to the issues that matter to her. Her last album, AIM, was released in 2016 and spoke about her concerns over censorship from the music industry. In a recent interview (below) with House Of Strombo, she mentioned she was not motivated to put her music out in this current system, emphasizing “For me, I have to find another way.” She mentioned the feeling of not fitting into the diversity of America, and how she had to battle not having a genre for 15 years. She added, “If I want to be bigger, I kind of have to say nothing.”
M.I.A. made a point about marketing versus her own artistry in saying, “I might have to make an anti-Trump record, but if I make anything else, it’s not going to wash…But if I want to talk about Tamil women wearing uniforms and eating cyanide pills because they didn’t want to be raped by the Sri Lankan army…I know that both of these extremes of women exist.” She later on implied she was sidelined by the music industry due to her political views.
The M.I.A. documentary “MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A.” was released last month in select movie theaters.
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M.I.A. and The Daily Show: Two cultural institutions that left huge footprints during the George W. Bush years and which are still soldiering on, doing their best to adapt to changing circumstances. Last night, they came together. M.I.A. is out promoting her biographical documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., and last night, she … More »
NPR expands its “Turning the Tables” endeavor with a 200-track list of the “Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women.” “Turning the Tables” represents NPR Music’s attempt to re-conceptualize “the popular music canon in more inclusive–and accurate–ways.”
The extensive list seeks to “celebrate artists whose work is changing this century’s sense of what popular music can be.” Selected by a panel of “more than 70 women and non-binary writers,” the “200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women” canvasses releases from artists whose pivotal musical contributions arrived on or after January 1, 2000. The songs that qualified for inclusion on NPR’s list “have shifted attitudes, defied categories, and pushed sound in new directions” since 2000.
M.I.A. claims the number one spot for her 2007 single, “Paper Planes,” a victory that NPR credits to the song’s lucid political critique of American colonization and capitalism.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs trail M.I.A., taking second place for their 2003 release “Maps,” a track that NPR cites as pivotal to paving the path of commercial radio success for indie-pop crossovers.
Beyoncé‘s 2008 single, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” accounts for third place by way of its focus on female empowerment and its viral inspiration of music video imitations of Beyonce’s choreography.
Amy Winehouse‘s 2006 single, “Back To Black,” Alabama Shakes’ 2012 release, “Hold On,” Lorde‘s 2013 hit, “Royals,” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ 2007 song “100 Days, 100 Nights” follow in sequential succession. Respective productions from Alicia Keys, Brandi Carlile, Peaches, Janelle Monae, Solange, and more round out the comprehensive list.
View the complete list, here.
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Maya Arulpragasam, known as British-Sri Lankan musician M.I.A., isn’t like many of today’s artists.
With a background full of struggle, survival and strength, Arulpragasam wanted to share her story with the world in her long-awaited documentary, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. In the freshly released trailer, she immediately draws the audience in by beginning to unravel her intense story of being a in the middle of a war zone, being a refugee, and how her music gave her a voice and ability to speak for all of those who can’t.
The documentary is directed by Stephen Loveridge and scored by Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison, and was premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it proceeded to win. It is set to hit U.K. theaters on Sept. 21, and U.S. theaters Sept. 28.
The trailer for MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., the new documentary about activist, mother, and prolific rapper Maya Arulpragasam, is finally here. M.I.A. has been a pivotal artistic, cultural, and human rights figure since the early aughts. The long-awaited and highly anticipated film tracks the controversial British musician’s explosive rise to fame, providing insight into … More »
Rolling Stone recently polled artists, critics, and industry leaders to create a list of the 100 best songs of the century. While we’re already 18 years into the century, the music industry has gone through a number of twists and turns. Although the list of the greatest songs of the century is highly subjective, artists
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