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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9,724,762
Download Bad Girls - M.I.A. Music

Bad Girls

365,156
3,360,469
Download Boyz - M.I.A. Music

Boyz

287,777
1,633,347
Download Jimmy - M.I.A. Music

Jimmy

270,802
1,682,842
Download Bucky Done Gun - M.I.A. Music

Bucky Done Gun

240,595
1,433,493
Download Bamboo Banga - M.I.A. Music

Bamboo Banga

230,586
1,365,772
Download XR2 - M.I.A. Music

XR2

197,183
923,135
Download Galang - M.I.A. Music

Galang

194,980
981,229
Download The Turn - M.I.A. Music

The Turn

182,804
723,863
Download XXXO - M.I.A. Music

XXXO

182,362
1,511,334
Download Pull Up the People - M.I.A. Music

Pull Up the People

179,347
841,646
Download Bird Flu - M.I.A. Music

Bird Flu

176,801
887,227
Download Sunshowers - M.I.A. Music

Sunshowers

163,620
867,960
Download World Town - M.I.A. Music

World Town

155,212
764,453
Download Amazon - M.I.A. Music

Amazon

153,031
659,953
Download Bingo - M.I.A. Music

Bingo

143,438
597,414
Download 20 Dollar - M.I.A. Music

20 Dollar

135,339
697,762
Download 10 Dollar - M.I.A. Music

10 Dollar

134,549
685,656
Download Born Free - M.I.A. Music

Born Free

133,467
754,710
Download Hombre - M.I.A. Music

Hombre

133,098
597,765
Download Y.A.L.A. - M.I.A. Music

Y.A.L.A.

126,079
917,597
Download Banana Skit - M.I.A. Music

Banana Skit

123,992
487,119
Download The Message - M.I.A. Music

The Message

122,331
479,696
Download Bring the Noize - M.I.A. Music

Bring the Noize

121,791
795,654
Download Fire Fire - M.I.A. Music

Fire Fire

119,319
543,097
Download Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A. Music

Double Bubble Trouble

118,066
958,385
Download It Takes a Muscle - M.I.A. Music

It Takes a Muscle

111,570
507,830
Download Teqkilla - M.I.A. Music

Teqkilla

103,575
465,349
Download Lovalot - M.I.A. Music

Lovalot

101,447
474,592
Download Steppin Up - M.I.A. Music

Steppin Up

100,772
442,323
Download Karmageddon - M.I.A. Music

Karmageddon

98,429
452,233
Download Come Walk with Me - M.I.A. Music

Come Walk with Me

95,745
580,901
Download Matangi - M.I.A. Music

Matangi

94,558
502,723
Download Tell Me Why - M.I.A. Music

Tell Me Why

93,403
377,781
Download Story to Be Told - M.I.A. Music

Story to Be Told

91,084
353,680
Download Meds and Feds - M.I.A. Music

Meds and Feds

85,871
423,288
Download Space - M.I.A. Music

Space

84,700
366,490
Download Paper Planes (DFA Remix) - M.I.A. Music

Paper Planes (DFA Remix)

82,930
313,344