She deserved that Mercury Award nomination! Not sure if she should win it, since alot of artists nominated for same category are very talented.
Saw that Bucky Done Gone(sp?) vid, the song is good, she wears some good clothes!
Nice to see an British Asian girl who dosn't conform to the boring Asian trends. The clothes she wore in the vid, I can't see any Asian girls wearing that! Maybe in London, but definitely not outside. (Don't flame me, I'm a Brit Asian myself, lol!)--(She's Sri Lankan).
Well, to me, she reminds me of so many things but is so unique I would call it electro-clash with other influences.
Got this blurb about her from Rollingstone.com and notice how many genres they feel she fits into ----
Genre: Foreign Rap/Hip-Hop, Broken Beat, Dancehall, All Music, All Radio
When she was little, Maya Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., probably had no idea she'd grow up to become an underground dancehall sensation. Her father was a resistance figure in the Sri Lankan independence struggle, and Arulpragasam's family was forced to leave Sri Lanka -- for their safety -- when she was nine years old. But after growing up in a London housing estate and studying film, Arulpragasam's life changed when she picked up a Roland MC-505 for the first time and started composing songs. Skillfully weaving street slang with geo-politics, nonsense rhymes with low-tech dancehall riddims, Arulpragasam's angular, low-tech sound has struck a chord. Her debut, Arular, was released in 2005.
I just rewatched a few of her videos on yahoo music- I love her
"Bucky Done Gun" is soooo catchy...I saw her perform this on Jimmy Kimmel Live a few months back. Cute style too- its like old skool Salt-n-Pep meets Bananarama! She is so beautiful too.
Here is a link to a great little article about her upbringing and how she got started-
A lot of people were forced to leave Sri Lanka I hate wars
I was just readin the last bit of that article I gave the link to and she attended Central Saint Martins in London and made her own clothes for performance to referencing her memories of her growing up strife.