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Kala was certified silver in the UK and gold in Canada and the US, where it topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. A.'s composition and production skills were a major attraction for him.It also charted in several countries across Europe, in Japan and Australia. She has adopted different singing styles on her songs, from aggressive raps, to semi-spoken and melodic vocals. has become known for integrating her imagery of political violence into her music videos and her cover art. voiced her fears of the influence of video game violence on her son and his generation, saying, "I don't know which is worse.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. Her fourth studio album, Matangi, was released in 2013. It doesn’t always happen, but it should and it could." Richard Russell, head of XL Recordings, states, "You've got to bend culture around to suit you, and I think M. She has said of the sometimes "unaffected" vocals and delivery of her lyrics, "It is what it is. Her politically inspired art became recognized while she exhibited and published several of her brightly coloured stencils and paintings portraying the tiger, a symbol of Tamil nationalism, ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and urban Britain in the early 2000s. filmed from her Bed Stuy apartment window and posted on You Tube an incident involving a black man being apprehended by white policemen, which in light of the Sean Bell shooting incident, elicited commentary debating the force used for the arrest. The fact that I saw it in my life has maybe given me lots of issues, but there's a whole generation of American kids seeing violence on their computer screens and then getting shipped off to Afghanistan. has also been outspoken about the police killings of citizens in the United States.The single "Paper Planes" peaked in the Top 20 worldwide and reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Arulpragasam's early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505 music sequencer and drum machine. Most people would just put it down to me being lazy. A baile funk/pop pioneer before CSS and Bonde do Rolê emerged. as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st century, describing her as the first and only major artist in world music, and in 2009 she was cited in Time magazine's Time 100 as one of the world's most influential people for her global influence across many genres. Lyrics on Arular regarding her experiences of identity politics, poverty, revolution, gender and sexual stereotypes, war, and the conditions of working class in London were hailed as new and unorthodox, setting her apart from previous artists. A.'s songs explored immigration politics and her personal relationships. has also used a great deal of tiger print and imagery, a symbol for the Tamil Tigers in both album artwork and music videos, such as seen in "Galang". stated that international governments were privy to Sri Lanka's use of widespread censorship and propaganda on the rebellion during the island's civil war to aid its impunity in numerous atrocities on civilians, but had no will to end it. was "misinformed" and that "it's best she stays with what she's good at, which is music, not politics." even by public figures such as Oprah Winfrey, as was stated in a Rolling Stone magazine article, where the singer recalled their exchange: "She shut me down. was that the world "doesn't really care." In 2008, M. She has spoken of the combined effects that news corporations and search engine Google have on news and data collection, while stressing the need for alternative news sources that she felt her son's generation would need in order to ascertain truth. They feel like they know the violence when they don't. appeared on The Colbert Report and was asked by host Stephen Colbert what she thought of America. On 12 July 2016 she posted an article to Twitter showing that more US citizens have been killed by police than military personnel since September 11, 2001."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. A.'s third album Maya was released in 2010 soon after the controversial song-film short "Born Free". has embarked on five global headlining tours and is the founder of her own multimedia label, N. Her later work marked an evolution in her sound with rare instruments, electronics and unusual sound samples. to Reed and punk rock songwriter Patti Smith, and recalled, "She's gonna do what she's gonna do, I can't tell her shit." "The really left-of-center artists, you really wonder about them. But at the same time, I don’t want [that perfection]," saying some of the "raw and difficult" vocal styles she used reflected what was happening to her during recording. achieves with her Roland MC-505 drum machine and keyboard unit, noting that many people had tried to copy the style since. A quirky female singer/rapper before the Mini Allens had worked out how to log on to My Space. The album references the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Tamil independence movements and features culture jamming, multi-lingual slang, strident and subtle imagery. a travel visa coupled with her brief presence on the US Homeland Security Risk List in 2006 due to her politically charged lyrics led to her second album Kala being recorded in a variety of locations around the world. Many related her experiences during recording sessions in Madras, Angola, Trinidad shantytowns, Liberia and London, and were well acclaimed. "played with them" creating an uncategorizable and hence unsettling result. Telling TIME that she didn't see anything wrong in sticking up for 300,000 trapped and dying people, M. Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary denied that his country perpetrated genocide, responding that he felt M. She took that photo of me, but she was just like, ‘I can’t talk to you because you’re crazy and you’re a terrorist. I’m a Tamil and there are people dying in my country and you have to like look at it because you’re fucking Oprah and every American told me you’re going to save the world." Two weeks before his death, the Tigers' Political Head B. was emotional and that this could be limiting her, stating that while she was well informed, "you're not meant to get involved when giving information out about war", and that the difficulty for M. Not having a proper understanding of violence, especially what it's like on the receiving end of it, just makes you interpret it wrong and makes inflicting violence easier." On 20 November 2013 M. Trying to be gentle, Maya ultimately responded with, "Well you know, in my mind, there's no countries, you know it's like; we're all one, we all live on this planet." On 8 July 2016 Maya tweeted a You Tube video of an episode of Edward Snowden on the HBO show "VICE" entitled "State of Surveillance" which discusses abilities of governments to hack into cellular phones. "I'm not coming at it as a politician, it's my own personal experience.It has become XL Recordings' second best-selling single to date. 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. Critics have acclaimed a distinctive style to her music. on its list of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century in January 2010. A.'s American distribution label Interscope, compares M. Sasha Frere-Jones, critic of The New Yorker praised the self made "unpretentious, stuck together with Scotch tape" style that M. Her considerable influence on American hip hop music as an international artist is described by Adam Bradley and Andrew Du Bois in The Anthology of Rap as making her an "unlikely hip hop" celebrity, given that the genre was one of several influences behind M. A.'s "eccentric and energizing" music and that the musician's unclassifiable sound was one example of how hip hop was changing as it came into contact with other cultures. Wallenfeldt writes in The Black experience in America : from civil rights to the present that no single artist may have personified hip hop in the 21st century better than M. A., in her "politically radical lyrics drawing from widely diverse sources around the world". Missing In Action (or Acton, as she sometimes calls herself) has always been several miles ahead of the pack." The twisting of western modalities in her music style using multilingual, multiethnic soundscapes to make electroclash-pop albums is noted by Derek Beres in Global beat fusion: the history of the future of music (2005) to defy world music categorization. is perhaps the preeminent global musical artist of the 2000s, a truly kick-ass singer and New York-Londony fashion icon, not to mention a vocal supporter of Sri Lanka's embattled Tamil minority, of which she's a member." M. A.'s stage performances are described as "highly energetic" and multimedia showcases, often with scenes of what Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield describes as "jovial chaos, with dancers and toasters and random characters roaming the stage," bringing various crowds with interests in art, music and fashion. "works hard to manifest the chaos of her music in an actual environment, and, more than that, to actively create discomfort, energy, and anger through sensory overload." USA Today included her on its list of the 100 Most Interesting People of 2007 and she was named one of Time Out 's 40th Birthday London Heroes in 2008. Her albums' social commentary and storytelling have incited debate on the "invigoratingly complex" politics of the issues she highlighted in the album, breaking taboos while the West was engaged in the 2003 Iraq War in the Middle East during the Presidency of George W. Government visits to her official website following her debut album's release in 2005, and a US refusal to grant M. The album's artwork was inspired by African art, "from dictator fashion to old stickers on the back of cars," which like her clothing range, she hoped would capture "a 3-D sense, the shapes, the prints, the sound, film, technology, politics, economics" of a certain time. forces a conversation about how the majority live, closing the distance "between 'here' and everywhere else". subverted the "abstract, organized, refined" distilling of violence in Western popular music and imagination and made her work represent much of the developing world's decades-long experiences of "arbitrary, unannounced, and spectacular" slaughter, deeming her work an "assault" with realism. was "a veritable vortex of discourse, around most likely irresolvable questions concerning authenticity, postcolonialism, and dilettantism". A.'s record imagery, lyrical booklets, homepages and videos supported the "image of provocation yet also avoidance of, or inability to use consistent images and messages." Instead of catering to stereotypes, he felt that M. "Sometimes I repeat my story again and again because it's interesting to see how many times it gets edited, and how much the right to tell your story doesn't exist. presented on the theme of "Shake, Rattle: Music, Conflict, and Change." She has used networking sites such as Twitter and My Space to discuss and highlight the human rights abuses and war crimes that Sri Lanka is accused of perpetrating against Tamils, citing news articles, human rights group reports, government reports, her own experiences as a child and on her return to the island in 2001 to support calls for a ceasefire. Nadesan told Indian magazine, The Week, that he felt that M. A.'s humanitarianism had been a source of strength to Eelam Tamils and fearless, knowingly amidst the "all-powerful Sri Lankan propaganda machinery that demonises any one who speaks for the Tamils." Miranda Sawyer of The Observer highlighted that M. And I just think that that's just what people want to put out there, you know, 'You don't have the right to talk about this'.The single "XXXO" reached the Top 40 in Belgium, Spain and the UK. 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. 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. in Hounslow, West London, to Arul Pragasam, an engineer, writer and activist, and his wife, Kala, a seamstress. experimented further with her established sound and drew from a range of genres, creating layered textures of instruments, electronics and sounds outside the traditional studio environment. In the book Downloading Music (2007), Linda Aksomitis notes the various aspects of peer-to-peer file sharing of music in the rise in popularity of M. A., including the advantages and disadvantages of the internet and platforms such as My Space in the launch of her career. alongside musicians such as Sway and Dizzee Rascal created music that explored new soundscapes with new technologies, with lyrics expressing anger at Britain's "racialized subordination of minority groups" and that the innovation that generates new musical forms like grime and dubstep are, inevitably, politically engaged. is heralded as a signal in the way that white Britons adapted to a new multicultural and plural musical mix in contrast to bands of the Britpop genre. Camille Dodero, writing in The Village Voice opined that M. I-D magazine described the "bleeding cacophany of graphics" on her website during this time as evoking the "noisy amateurism" of the early web, but also embodying a rejection of today's "glossy, professional site design" which was felt to "efface the medium rather than celebrate it." Jeff Chang, writing for The Nation, described a "Kala for the Nation" and the album's music, lyrics and imagery as encompassing "everywhere – or, to be specific, everywhere but the First World's self-regarding 'here'," stating that against a media flow that suppresses the "ugliness" of reality and fixes beauty to consumption, M. He felt that Kala explored poverty, violence and globalization through the eyes of "children left behind." Her third album, Maya, tackled information politics in the digital age, loaded with technological references and love songs, and deemed by Kitty Empire writing in The Observer to be her most melancholic and mainstream effort. Critic Simon Reynolds, writing in The Village Voice in 2005 saw this as a lack of authenticity and felt M. He continued that while swayed by her chutzpah and ability to deliver live, he "was also turned off by the stencil-sprayed projection imagery of grenades, tanks, and so forth (redolent of the Clash with their strife-torn Belfast stage backdrops and Sandinista cred by association)" while the "99 percent white audience punched the air", admonishing what he perceived as a "lack of local character" to her debut album. A.'s 2001 Alternative Turner Prize nominated images of pastel-washed tigers, soldiers, guns, armored vehicles, and fleeing civilians that bedeck M. A.'s albums and videos were now assumed or analyzed as being incendiary propaganda, suggesting that unlike art buyers, rock and roll fans were "assumed to be stupid". People reckon that I need a political degree in order to go, 'My school got bombed and I remember it cos I was 10-years-old'. The EMP Museum's 2008 Pop Conference featured paper submissions and discussions on M. And they use me as a puppet to explain that to you, that only people who, you know, have a Ph D in this shit are allowed to talk about this.She posted many of her songs and videos from 2002 onwards on platforms such as My Space. Time magazine named her one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2009. When Maya was six months old, her family moved to Jaffna, the cultural, political, and economic capital of the predominantly Tamil northern Sri Lanka, where her brother Sugu was born. On 3 March 2013, she released an 8-minute mix recording as part of a Kenzo fashion show in Paris. released a five-minute video titled "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border" which features two of her tracks: Matangi's "Warrior" and a new track "Swords". released "Borders" as her new single on i Tunes, prior to that her new single was announced via her Instagram account. A.'s early compositions relied heavily on the Roland MC-505, while later M. Andy Bennett and Jon Stratton highlight in Britpop and the English Music Tradition (2010) how M. The chart success of grime-influenced artists like M. Furthermore, her work being used as a global resource for the articulation of differently located themes and its connections to many music traditions is noted by Brian Longhurst in Popular music and society (2007) to illustrate such processes of interracial dialogue. Her genocide-depicting 2010 video for the single "Born Free" was deemed by Ann Powers writing in the Los Angeles Times to be "concentrating fully" on the physical horror of gun butts and bullets hitting flesh, with the scenes giving added poignancy to the lyrical themes of the song. Critic Robert Christgau described Reynolds' argument as "cheap tack" in another article written in the publication, stating M. A's experiences connected her to world poverty in a way "few Western whites can grasp". I think if there is an issue of people who, having had first hand experiences, are not being able to recount that – because there is laws or government restrictions or censorship or the removal of an individual story in a political situation – then that's what I'll keep saying and sticking up for, cos I think that's the most dangerous thing. Or that only politicians are allowed to talk about politics, and that's why we're fucked, because the cycle is constantly kept within that fucking framework.
A." is a play on her own name and a reference to the acronym of Missing in Action. 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.
began her career in 2000 as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in west London before beginning her recording career in 2002.
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.
In 2001, she received an "Alternative" Turner Prize nomination for her visual art. There, her father adopted the name Arular and became a political activist and founding member of the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS), a political Tamil group affiliated with the LTTE. art that spans across three LPs: Arular, Kala, and Maya." The book contains artwork as well as a foreword by frequent collaborator Steve Loveridge and various essays by M. Matangi received generally positive reviews from music critics. "Swords" will appear on her upcoming fifth studio album, set for an unknown release. The track mocks first world problems and touches on some serious issues happening in the world. A.'s music features styles such as electro, reggae, rhythm and blues, alternative rock, hip hop, grime, rap ballads and Asian folk and references to her musical influences such as Missy Elliott, Tamil film music, Lou Reed, Pixies, Timbaland, Beastie Boys and London Posse. describes her music as dance music or club music for the "other", and has been described as an "anti-popstar" for refusing to conform to certain recording industry expectations of solo artists. Interpreted as a comment on the Arizona immigration law, America's military might and desensitised attitudes towards violence, others found that the video stressed that genocide still exists and violent repression remains commonplace. views her work as reflective, pieced together in one piece "so you can acquire it and hear it." She states, "All that information floats around where we are – the images, the opinions, the discussions, the feelings – they all exist, and I felt someone had to do something about it because I can't live in this world where we pretend nothing really matters." On the political nature of her songs she has said, "Nobody wants to be dancing to political songs. I think removing individual voices and not letting people just go 'This happened to me' is really dangerous. nobody handed them the microphone to say 'This is happening and I don't like it'." Due to her and her family being displaced from Sri Lanka because of the Civil War, M. There aren't more people standing up and telling their personal experience...
The first eleven years of Arulpragasam's life were marked by displacement caused by the Sri Lankan Civil War. In its first week of release, the album sold 15,000 copies and peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200, falling to number 90 in its second week. Video was filmed in India and West Africa and shows different forms of dancing in those regions. She introduced a music video with it which was also socially and politically motivated. for wearing a modified version of their club’s T-shirt in her Borders video and changing the words "Fly Emirates" to "Fly Pirates" on it. First released in 2003, with its mix of 505 beats and claps, edgy vocals and lyrics, it marked M. A.'s emergence in underground independent music circles worldwide. Noting her early inspirations, she said "When I would go to bed, I’d listen to the radio and dream about dancing and Paula Abdul and Whitney Houston, and that’s how I fell asleep. Some critics described the film as "sensationalist". Every bit of music out there that’s making it into the mainstream is really about nothing. was a roommate of fashion designer Luella Bartley and is a long-time friend of designer Carri Mundane. if a normal civilian comes up and says 'Hey, this happened in my village and I'm not happy about it', we're not allowed to talk about it.