Artist: M.I.A. Biography

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Artist M.I.A. Biography Info


There are five known artists under this name:

1. Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam also known as M.I.A., (born 18 July 1975 in Hounslow, London, U.K.) is a British artist of Sri Lankan descent. As a baby she moved with her family to their native Sri Lanka, where her father became increasingly politically active in militant activities. As the Civil War escalated the rest of the family was forced to flee as refugees, first to India and then the UK. “M.I.A.” [“Missing In Action”] references both her London neighborhood (Acton) and her politically tumultuous youth.

Her style contains elements of hip-hop, reggae, alternative, dance hall, electro and baile funk and is strongly inspired by her Sri Lankan background.

2. American Punk/Hardcore band formed in Orange County, CA in 1981 by Chris Moon, drums; Mike Conley, bass; Nick Adams, guitar (all previously of Las Vegas, NV punk band The Swell); and Art Carasco, vocals. Their sound was generally hardcore and thrasher, though they produced more melodic and progressive sounds in their later albums. Allmusic called the band "one of the 50 best So-Cal punk bands of the great early-'80s second wave explosion. In 1984 they signed a deal with the cult Alternative Tentacles label, after the label's founder, Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, saw them play at a secret illegal punk nightclub in Las Vegas. Biafra was impressed by Mike Conley's distinctive voice, saying "The minute you hear a song with him singing you know it's him." They released the album Murder in a Foreign Place on Alternative Tentacles in 1984, followed in 1985 by Notes From the Underground on National Trust Records, and in 1987 by After the Fact on Flipside Records. The band split up in 1988. In 2001, Alternative Tentacles released Lost Boys, a 37-song retrospective of the band's work, including Last Rites, Murder in a Foreign Place, and several additional tracks. On February 28, 2008 vocalist Mike Conley was found dead in a Chicago hotel parking lot. Conley was taken to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 a.m. On April 27, 2008, there was a secret warm-up show at Detroit Bar featuring Todd Sampson of Self Abuse and Samson's Army on vocals, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys on guest vocals, Chris Moon and Larry Pearson on drums, Nick Adams on guitar, and Bob Thomson on bass. The next day, the "Beautiful Noise" benefit show took place at the Anaheim House of Blues with Jigsaw, Naked Soul, Cadillac Tramps, Social Distortion and MIA with the same lineup as the previous night, but adding Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds on guest vocals. The proceeds of "Beautiful Noise" went to Mike Conley's family.

(3) Formed in the mid 70s, Independent Musicians Associated (MIA) was a group of musicians, technicians and drawers gathered together by Lito and Liliana Vitale’s parents. They produced their own records and concerts in an independent way. Their music is a complex symphonic rock with definite Argentinean/latin folk influence with multiple chorals and vocals beautifully contrasting with the keyboards and a great guitar sound upon a strong rhythmic section. They were highly influenced by symphonic music, more noteworthy by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gentle Giant and Focus.

4. Merriweathers is a member of Underground Resistance under the alias of The Unknown Soldier.

5. mia's page (Michaela Grobelny).


"M.I.A." Music List

Download Paper Planes - M.I.A. Music

Paper Planes

1,141,607
9,812,638
Download Bad Girls - M.I.A. Music

Bad Girls

370,427
3,407,176
Download Boyz - M.I.A. Music

Boyz

288,679
1,638,835
Download Jimmy - M.I.A. Music

Jimmy

271,740
1,689,442
Download Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A. Music

Bucky Done Gun

241,509
1,440,352
Download Bamboo Banga - M.I.A. Music

Bamboo Banga

231,473
1,370,865
Download XR2 - M.I.A. Music

XR2

197,753
929,840
Download Galang - M.I.A. Music

Galang

195,585
985,046
Download The Turn - M.I.A. Music

The Turn

183,287
725,724
Download XXXO - M.I.A. Music

XXXO

183,005
1,517,596
Download Pull Up the People - M.I.A. Music

Pull Up the People

180,004
845,245
Download Bird Flu - M.I.A. Music

Bird Flu

177,188
889,060
Download Sunshowers - M.I.A. Music

Sunshowers

164,248
872,051
Download World Town - M.I.A. Music

World Town

155,848
767,668
Download Amazon - M.I.A. Music

Amazon

153,500
662,463
Download Bingo - M.I.A. Music

Bingo

143,823
599,370
Download 20 Dollar - M.I.A. Music

20 Dollar

135,995
700,927
Download 10 Dollar - M.I.A. Music

10 Dollar

134,947
688,534
Download Born Free - M.I.A. Music

Born Free

134,115
759,425
Download Hombre - M.I.A. Music

Hombre

133,508
599,974
Download Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A. Music

Y.A.L.A.

127,475
926,499
Download Banana Skit - M.I.A. Music

Banana Skit

124,112
487,724
Download The Message - M.I.A. Music

The Message

122,741
481,899
Download Bring the Noize - M.I.A. Music

Bring the Noize

122,640
801,559
Download Fire Fire - M.I.A. Music

Fire Fire

119,376
543,417
Download Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A. Music

Double Bubble Trouble

119,365
969,335
Download It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A. Music

It Takes a Muscle

111,978
509,969
Download Teqkilla - M.I.A. Music

Teqkilla

104,020
467,714
Download Lovalot - M.I.A. Music

Lovalot

101,838
477,209
Download Steppin Up - M.I.A. Music

Steppin Up

101,196
444,919
Download Karmageddon - M.I.A. Music

Karmageddon

99,058
455,787
Download Come Walk with Me - M.I.A. Music

Come Walk with Me

96,281
584,714
Download Matangi - M.I.A. Music

Matangi

95,225
507,186
Download Tell Me Why - M.I.A. Music

Tell Me Why

93,693
379,689
Download Story to Be Told - M.I.A. Music

Story to Be Told

91,418
355,222
Download Meds and Feds - M.I.A. Music

Meds and Feds

86,209
425,449
Download Space - M.I.A. Music

Space

84,987
368,215
Download Borders - M.I.A. Music

Borders

83,634
704,379