M.I.A. Visits Radio 1

M.I.A. was in the studio with Jo Whiley of Radio 1 on Tuesday (September 6) ahead of the Mercury Music Prize and chatted to Jo about her excitement on being part of the shortlist. She performed ‘Galang’ and covered Kaiser Chiefs’ single ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. Audio at bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since been removed.

M.I.A. ‘Bucky Done Gun’ Video

M.I.A. 'Bucky Done Gun' music video

M.I.A. is out with the video to her new single ‘Bucky Done Gun’, the third release from the English rapper’s debut album ‘Arular’, released on Interscope. Watch it via YouTube below.

On TV: Nelly, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, M.I.A.

Rappers on television this week include Nelly, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday; ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Wednesday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday; Goldie Lookin’ Chain, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday; and M.I.A., who performs on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Friday.

M.I.A: Activism With A DIY Hip-Hop Beat

Maya Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, tells NPR she had an idyllic childhood until the civil war intervened in Sri Lanka. Then, 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. Listen to a profile of the artist via NPR.org below.

Hip Hop Helped M.I.A. Fit In With London Classmates

After fleeing from Sri Lanka with her family to London at the age of seven during the country’s civil war, Maya Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A.) instantly gravitated toward music. “It was the only thing I had. At school, I did a dance performance to Run-DMC’s ‘Mary Mary’,” she says. The performance turned her from outcast into class hero: “Suddenly, it wasn’t about whether I could speak English or if I was a refugee.”

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