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Thursday, March 24, 2005  

Now playing M.I.A.

Q | The first full-length CD from M.I.A -- born Maya Arulpragasam -- is called Arular after her father, a Tamil revolutionary. And beneath the CD's veneer of pop and dance beats are vivid, clashing images of war, cultural displacement and party life.

M.I.A says she had an idyllic childhood until the civil war intervened -- her father joined the Tamil fighters, and she and the rest of her family relocated to Britain, settling in a housing project in the south end of London. She blossomed in art school as a teen, and developed her own unique style of music -- a "do-it-yourself" aesthetic inspired by the British club scene, with stripped-down bass and drum rhythms driving catchy melodies. | Q

Galang galang galanga!!

NPR Profile | Rolling Stone's album review | iTMS link

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