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

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9,916,420
Download Bad Girls - M.I.A. Music

Bad Girls

376,425
3,460,068
Download Boyz - M.I.A. Music

Boyz

289,777
1,644,947
Download Jimmy - M.I.A. Music

Jimmy

272,874
1,697,000
Download Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A. Music

Bucky Done Gun

242,531
1,448,064
Download Bamboo Banga - M.I.A. Music

Bamboo Banga

232,580
1,376,961
Download XR2 - M.I.A. Music

XR2

198,434
933,044
Download Galang - M.I.A. Music

Galang

196,201
989,099
Download XXXO - M.I.A. Music

XXXO

184,044
1,526,048
Download The Turn - M.I.A. Music

The Turn

183,860
727,837
Download Pull Up the People - M.I.A. Music

Pull Up the People

180,641
848,800
Download Bird Flu - M.I.A. Music

Bird Flu

177,651
891,108
Download Sunshowers - M.I.A. Music

Sunshowers

165,009
876,736
Download World Town - M.I.A. Music

World Town

156,574
771,056
Download Amazon - M.I.A. Music

Amazon

153,989
665,089
Download Bingo - M.I.A. Music

Bingo

144,239
601,361
Download 20 Dollar - M.I.A. Music

20 Dollar

136,753
704,283
Download 10 Dollar - M.I.A. Music

10 Dollar

135,385
691,131
Download Born Free - M.I.A. Music

Born Free

135,047
764,881
Download Hombre - M.I.A. Music

Hombre

133,966
602,267
Download Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A. Music

Y.A.L.A.

128,914
936,185
Download Banana Skit - M.I.A. Music

Banana Skit

124,148
487,950
Download Bring the Noize - M.I.A. Music

Bring the Noize

123,611
808,395
Download The Message - M.I.A. Music

The Message

123,565
485,136
Download Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A. Music

Double Bubble Trouble

120,709
981,362
Download Fire Fire - M.I.A. Music

Fire Fire

119,428
543,727
Download It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A. Music

It Takes a Muscle

112,676
512,952
Download Teqkilla - M.I.A. Music

Teqkilla

104,764
471,316
Download Lovalot - M.I.A. Music

Lovalot

102,500
480,555
Download Steppin Up - M.I.A. Music

Steppin Up

102,031
449,082
Download Karmageddon - M.I.A. Music

Karmageddon

99,749
459,694
Download Come Walk with Me - M.I.A. Music

Come Walk with Me

96,872
588,907
Download Matangi - M.I.A. Music

Matangi

96,037
512,324
Download Tell Me Why - M.I.A. Music

Tell Me Why

94,146
381,581
Download Story to Be Told - M.I.A. Music

Story to Be Told

91,968
357,402
Download Meds and Feds - M.I.A. Music

Meds and Feds

86,737
428,499
Download Borders - M.I.A. Music

Borders

86,056
727,244
Download Space - M.I.A. Music

Space

85,444
370,299