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audra trower williams
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posted 08 June 2005 03:32 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

What do folks think of M.I.A.?. I can't stop watching this video, because it's so damn catchy. But her political background is really interesting, too.

From an article on CBC.ca/arts:

quote:
She is charmingly elliptical about her politics – her website contains smiling photos of gun-toting Tamils, but no explicit endorsement of their rebellion – a mystery that makes her seem dangerous in these edgy times. What’s known for fact, though, is that Arular is a bold opening step, a 12-song statement that, much like Run-D.M.C.’s Run-D.M.C. or Björk’s Debut, announces the arrival of a new and boundless sound to the global music fabric. Sasha Frere-Jones, writing in the New Yorker last November, said M.I.A.’s voice comes “from a place where kids throw rocks at tanks, where people pull down walls with their bare hands. It could be the sound of a carnival, or a riot.” She makes music like nobody who came before her; a clutter of copycats should trail her path.

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Arulpragasam’s back story parses like a Bollywood blockbuster: her family is Tamil, a people with a half-century history of conflict against Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese majority. Maya was born in a London hospital, but moved to Sri Lanka as a baby, when her engineer father returned home to help lead EROS. Maya’s experience of her homeland was sharp and deadly. Saboteurs burnt her house and school; people in her village were “disappeared” by government forces; thousands in the country were murdered.


Full story.

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Jared
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posted 09 June 2005 03:13 AM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A friend of mine equates the political vagaries in MIA's lyrics with shallowness, which I disagree with fairly vehemently. But then, with obvious exceptions (punk groups like Black Flag and many hip-hop records, for instance, in which the appeal is primarily derived not only from markedly powerful-in-the-loud-sense music,but viscerally pointed lyricism), I've always generally preferred lyrical ambiguity over the brazen mission-statement. The latter is ham-fisted in many cases.

But yeah; I likes her and the record is great (as is the mix she released with Diplo last year). And since seeing her live last month I also have a crush on her; she's a relative performance rookie and thus still quite awkward on stage, which only endeared her to me more. I live for geeky girls.

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Jesse Dignity
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posted 09 June 2005 07:53 AM      Profile for Jesse Dignity   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Jared:
But yeah; I likes her and the record is great (as is the mix she released with Diplo last year).

Audra knows the mixtape! Don't you Audra!

Not like some mixtapes!


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Michelle
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posted 09 June 2005 08:52 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Audra sent me that link to her video for Galang. I'm still watching it compulsively. She's excellent.

As for her "political vagaries" - I wouldn't necessarily equate that with shallowness either. I read about her background, and I think it's just as legitimate to come at it from an angle of descriptiveness of the situation (which it seems to me that her Galang video does, although I can't understand all the words) as it is to get into political analysis.

Of course, I'm speaking out of pure ignorance here - all I've read is her biography and seen the one video, so I certainly don't have the whole body of her work to go by. But she's excellent as far as I've seen, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from her.


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CMOT Dibbler
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posted 09 June 2005 12:01 PM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
she's very pretty.
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Jesse Dignity
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posted 09 June 2005 11:54 PM      Profile for Jesse Dignity   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't know if she's out to endorse any particular group or anything - I think she's just very invested in representing everyone as a human being, and reminding those of us in a position of privilege that people doing desperate things are still acting out of human reasons. It behooves us to understand them.

I don't think she's pushing an ideology other than that.


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audra trower williams
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posted 13 June 2005 03:18 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
heh. In an upcoming podcast I said I hoped this thread really took off. You guys gotta start disagreeing!

Oh, hey, is anyone surprised that she's getting mainstream gigs like Conan O'Brien, and not being labelled as a terrorist-supporter in Bush's USA? I sort of am.


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Michelle
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posted 13 June 2005 03:21 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Me too. In fact, when Audra first showed this video to me and told me she was going to post it on babble, I jokingly told her that now we were going to get complaints about endorsing terrorism(tm).
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Jesse Dignity
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posted 14 June 2005 11:48 PM      Profile for Jesse Dignity   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by audra trower williams:
heh. In an upcoming podcast I said I hoped this thread really took off. You guys gotta start disagreeing!

In a what?

quote:
Oh, hey, is anyone surprised that she's getting mainstream gigs like Conan O'Brien, and not being labelled as a terrorist-supporter in Bush's USA? I sort of am.

No-one has any idea what she's saying, and the people who would get incensed by her content are not reading the articles.

They are judging her based on whether they think she looks doable or not instead.

And whichever side of that debate gains the most supporters will determine whether she gets to perform a single from her NEXT album on Conan.

Wargh!


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posted 15 June 2005 12:45 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Galang is a killer song!
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