Things You Didn’t Know About M.I.A.


When faced with adversity, some people shell up. They retreat into silence or complacency. Adversity wins. This is not how M.I.A. has dealt with adversity.

Throughout her life, M.I.A. has experienced violence, political unrest, instability in her family life and surroundings, and very public controversy. This hasn't kept her quiet, though. With her music, her art, and her sense of style, M.I.A. has been the opposite of silent. Her music is loud, her art is loud, her style is loud, and she always makes sure that her voice is heard, even when it gets her in trouble. Instead of shelling up, M.I.A. is exploding with color, expression, and life. She's filtered her complicated past through one of the most imaginative creative minds in modern music, and it's made her one of the most interesting artists of our time.

To celebrate M.I.A's new album, Matangi, and her continuing contributions to art and music, here are things you didn't know about M.I.A.

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  • Shelly, Faery Queen

    She’s such an inspiration, and a fucking good artist as well

  • Jacob

    I’m confused. Slide 6 says she moved from London to Sri Lanka at the age of 10, but slide 10 says she lived the first 10 years of her life as Matangi until she moved to England. Did she live in Sri Lanka then London, or London then Sri Lanka?

  • 2katez

    Thx 4 catching, slide should be updated. Moved from London to Sri Lanka at 6months old, back to London at 11.

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