BIOGRAPHY: «Why are you a problematic pop star? » director Stephen Loveridge asks M.I.A. in his documentary. The answers provided by the film point towards more than an uncompromising and sometimes challenging personality.
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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: November 14, 2018

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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is not quite like most music documentaries. But then its subject, M.I.A., is also quite different from most pop stars.

From her debut album Arular (2005), she has positioned herself as a distinctive and innovative artist, combining elements from various genres such as hip hop, dancehall, electro, punk, and world music. Furthermore, due to her reluctance to follow the rules for ‘proper’ pop star behaviour – like when she showed her middle finger to the camera during a performance with Madonna at the American Super Bowl Show or released a music video showing red-haired young men being executed – she has been called an «anti-pop star».

Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam was born in London in 1975 but moved with her family to her parents’ native Sri Lanka when she was six months old. At the age of 11, she returned to London with her mother and siblings, since they were no longer safe in the civil war-torn country. While growing up, she had little …


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