Win A Personalised M.I.A. iPod Shuffle!
XL Recordings are holding a competition on their website that gives you the chance to win Apple's hottest new product, the iPod Shuffle (The iPod Shuffle is an MP3 player that is the same size in dimensions as a lighter and holds up to 240 tracks).
The ipod is hand-customised by M.I.A. herself with an exclusive first copy of her much anticipated forthcoming debut album 'Arular' with lots of other M.I.A. selected music. More information can be found by clicking the link below:
Meanwhile, M.I.A. is to embark on her first ever UK tour at the end of next month. She will be supporting Roots Manuva on his forthcoming album tour which concludes at London's Brixton Academy on March the 4th (CD Times has reviewed the new album by Roots Manuva here).
Here are the M.I.A. tour dates:
23 - Gateshead The Sage
24 - Leeds Metropolitan University
25 - Manchester Academy
26 - Birmingham Carling Academy
27 - Glasgow Arches
1 - Cambridge Junction
2 - Bristol Carling Academy
3 - Brighton Concorde 2
4 - London Carling Academy Brixton
'Aged just 11, M.I.A. (aka Maya Arulpragasam) became a refugee of war. Like many others, her family were forced to flee Sri Lanka when the Sinhala-Tamil conflict began to grip the country in the mid-eighties. Left with no choice but to face up to the daunting reality of restarting their lives in a foreign land, they found themselves a million miles away from paradise isle and on a notorious housing estate in Mitcham.
Quickly adapting to her new surroundings, she has gone from those dark days to where she is today, on the verge of stardom. Already established as an artist of some note (she was once shortlisted for the Alternative Turner Prize, no less), her attentions have now turned to music.
Having sent out shockwaves with her singles ('Galang' and 'Sunshowers') and her mixtape collaboration with Diplo ('Piracy Funds Terrorism'), her debut album, 'Arular', is up next. The mongrel mix of hip-hop, ragga, dancehall, electro and pop alongside uncompromising, spitting lyrics are all there to hear - it's been a worthwhile wait.
However, if you just can't wait for that little bit longer, try tracking down some of the white label 12"s she's put out there herself and/or her and Richard X's excellent remix of Ciara's 'Goodies'. They should whet your appetite...'
More information on M.I.A. along with downloads, ringtones, lyrics can be found at her website by clicking here.
Last updated: 30/07/2018 09:19:12