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M.I.A.’s fifth album arrives with the usual mix of bumps, bruises and bravura. In June she was dropped from the line-up of London’s Afropunk Fest after making controversial comments about…

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On the same day that MIA’s rabidly anticipated new album ‘Matangi’ is released, the rapper chooses an unusual act to introduce her Terminal 5 show. As the evening begins, a…

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A year ago, already 12 months into its elephantine gestation, MIA’s record label rejected an early draft of ‘Matangi’ for sounding “too happy”. Happy may be music biz-speak for “crap”,…

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MIA must be wondering what’s she got to do to get a break. First there was Truffleflavouredchipsgate. Then the duet with Madonna on ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’’ – where,…

After Truffle-gate, Diplo-gate and the coolly received, Sleigh Bells-assisted sonic experimentation of ‘Maya’, MIA put a cap on a bad 2010 with the release of mixtape ‘Vicki Leekx’. It proved…

It’s Saturday night in Barcelona and [a]NME[/a] is surrounded by sweaty ravers who’ve beenup for over 40 hours, pupils rattling in their sockets. Three cartoon-like characters take to a stage…

You could easily let [a]MIA[/a]’s third album be obscured by the campaign of media manipulation, shock-and-awe polemic and fame-as-art fire-drawing that preceded it. As her face is obscured by YouTube…

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1. MIA – ‘Born Free’ After the gentle wrong-footing of last year’s teaser ‘There’s Space For Ol Dat I See’, now the comeback proper. Deployed without warning, ‘Born Free’ and…

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This week’s playlist features a free download from indie stalwarts Quasi, some 21st Century riot grrrl from Japanese Voyeurs, and an ‘ornithologically-themed knee-trembler” from The Besnard Lakes. 1.…

LOS ANGELES, CA (Aug.26th, 2009) - M.I.A. performs at a secret show in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate her new record label, N.E.E.T Records.

This weekend she will co-headline both San Diego’s Street Scene and San Francisco’s Outside Lands festivals, but tonight Maya Arulpragasam – don’t forget, named one of Time magazine’s most influential…

Whatever you think of Maya Arulpragasam – her flaking out of her European tour and supposed retirement from life in general hasn’t gone down too well – this cynical track…

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She may have found it tough winning the hearts of the US immigration authorities, but like everyone else should do, they eventually came round to her weird, genre-pasting charms. Musically…

There are two versions of the MIA myth. Myth the first: Back in 2005, into a world increasingly obsessed with revivalism, a techinicoloured terrorist emerged from the streets of east…

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MIA: Galang 2005

Being robbed of the Mercury Prize by someone who looks like they should be lurking around the load-in bay of a Games Workshop would take the wind out of most…