Caught the final few minutes of the documentary on her the other night and it’s made me go back and check out Maya.
M.I.A. is a fascinating artist, isn’t she?
Listening to the opening of Bamboo Banga now and it still sounds as fresh as it did in 2007. Remembering how much of a shock to the system she was.
To me, she seemed to represent globalisation and a huge culture clash of change; the internet spread the love whilst the printed press tried to work out if she was 4 real, political yet everyday references melding, instrumentation that seemed like it was from a distant planet, artwork you struggle to figure out but couldn’t miss, weird album titles you could barely Google, bizarre collaborators with no deals, mixtapes that labels wanted removed and she kept putting back out.
Can’t think of another phenomenon like her really. I saw her touring her debut in Norwich and they were giving tickets away at the local University due to the shocking sales. A year later she’s dancing on stage 8 months pregnant at the biggest music awards on the planet amidst an ongoing legal dispute with the U.S. Government.
I have lost touch a bit with what she’s doing now.
How do you think of M.I.A.?
A product of her time that’s aged well? A well orchestrated PR masterclass? A maverick who arrived as the music scene reinvented itself?