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Hounslow, London, England
Claim to Fame
Soundtrack, Writer, Composer
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Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, England
Full Name at Birth
German rock, Pop
R.O.T. (production), Columbia (distribution)
Mieze Katz (lead singer), Gunnar Spies (drums), Robert "Bob" Schütze (bass), Andy Penn (guitar), Ingo Puls (guitar)
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Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A. (pronounced as distinct initials), is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and activist. She is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. Her stage name M.I.A. is wordplay on her name as well as a reference to the abbreviation Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop and world music.
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Music Profile Complete
Rapper, Songwriter, Artist, Producer
Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman (son)
Electronic, Hip Hop, Alternative Dance, World, New Rave, Gaana, R&b
N.E.E.T., Mercury, Xl, Roc - Nation (Former), Interscope, Showbiz
Diplo, Cavemen, Rye Rye, Afrikan Boy, Switch
Alternative Hip Hop, Worldbeat, Electropop
Roc - Nation (former)
Profile Bio Text
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. "M.I.A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of Missing in Action. Her compositions combine elements of electronic, dance, alternative, hip hop and world music. Arulpragasam began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "Sunshowers" and "Galang", charting in the UK and Canada and reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize.
She released her début album Arular in 2005 and second album Kala in 2007 both to universal critical acclaim. Arular charted in Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Japan and the US, where it reached number 16 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Kala was certified silver in the United Kingdom and gold in Canada and the United States, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. The album's first single "Boyz" reached the Top 10 in Canada and on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in 2007, becoming her first Top 10 charting single. The single "Paper Planes" peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. "Paper Planes" was certified gold in New Zealand and three times platinum in Canada and the US where, as of November 2011, it is ranked the seventh best-selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It has become XL Recordings' second best-selling single to date. M.I.A.'s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short "Born Free". This became her highest-charting album in the UK and the US, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200, topping the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuting in the Top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada. The single "XXXO" reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. M.I.A. has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N.E.E.T.. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013.
Arulpragasam's early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 sequencer/drum machine. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music. Lyrically incorporating a range of political, social, philosophical and cultural references that have defied existing pop music conventions, Arulpragasam was one of the first acts to come to public attention through the internet. She posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as MySpace.
In 2001, she received an "Alternative" Turner Prize nomination for her visual art. In 2005 and 2008, M.I.A. was artist of the year by Spin and URB and Arulpragasam is named as one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone in its "Best of the Decade" list in December 2009. Time magazine named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2009. Esquire magazine ranked M.I.A. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010.
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Avant-Garde Hip Hop, Experimental, World, Worldbeat, Dancehall, Alternative Hip Hop, Gaana, Pbr&b, Alternative Dance, Electroclash (early)
Hip hop, Electronic, World, Avant-Garde, alternative R&B
N.E.E.T. Recordings, Xl, Roc Nation (former), Virgin EMI
Blaqstarr, The Partysquad
Wiki Bio Text
==Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam== (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name [[M.I.A.]], is a British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, director, visual artist, activist, photographer, fashion designer and model. [["M.I.A.]]" is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of [[Missing in Action]]. Her compositions combine elements of alternative, dance, electronic, hip hop and world music. [[M.I.A.]] began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002. Since rising to prominence in early 2004 for her singles "[[Sunshowers]]" and "[[Galang]]", charting in Canada and the UK and reaching number 11 on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales in the US, she has been nominated for an [[Academy Award]], three [[Grammy Awards]] and the [[Mercury Prize]].
Date of Birth 18 July 1975, Hounslow, London, England, UK
Birth Name [[Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam]]
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)
===Mini Bio=== (1)
M.I.A. was born on July 18, 1975 in Hounslow, London, England as Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam.
Raised in Sri Lanka, where her father was a guerilla fighter.
Was born in Hounslow, London. When she was six months old, her family moved back to their native Sri Lanka.
She eventually returned to her birthplace in London, where she and her family were housed as refugees.
Some of her early influences were: Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante and N.W.A
Went to London's Central Saint Martins Art School, where she studied fine art, film and video.
"M.I.A." is an acronym for Missing In Acton, in reference to the gritty section of London she lived in.
Her first public art exhibition show was nominated for the alternative Turner prize, every painting sold and a monograph book of the collection was published by Pocko.
After hearing his single, "News Flash", and loving it, Arulpragasam tracked down and met with Diplo, the Mississippi-born DJ originally named Wesley Pentz, to work on some material.
Her father was 'Arul Pragasam', leader of 'Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students'(aka EROS) one of the main Tamil anti-government organization operating in Sri Lanka.
Her debut album, Arular, was released in America in March 2005
She is of Sri Lankan descent.
Performed at the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2009 although it was the day she was due to give birth to her first child.
Was in a relationship with Benjamin Bronfman from 2008 (they became engaged the same May) to 2012. They have a son together.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a son Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman on February 11, 2009. Child's father is her now ex-fiancé, Benjamin Bronfman.
===Personal Quotes=== (2)
Those records were rhythmic, so whether you understood the language or not, you could understand the music.
"It had that same homelessness about it. It didn't have a particular genre, which is what people always say to me: Your song doesn't fit anywhere. So I went on a mad mission to find other people like that, because then we could make a home." - her thoughts when she heard one of Diplo's songs for the first time.
Electronic, World, Experimental, Avant-Pop
The Weeknd, Madonna, Zayn Malik
Electronic, Dance, World, Avant-Pop
Drum Machine, Percussion
Electronic, Dance, World, Avant-Pop
Drum Machine, Percussion
electronic, dance, world, avant-pop
drum machine, percussion