Interview: M.I.A.


Maya Arulpragasam sighs into the phone. I’ve asked her if journalists have accurately depicted her life story, and she seems tired of the question.

“My story?” she asks. “Which one? There are so many.”

Arulpragasam has been called many things in her short career: refugee, revolutionary; terrorist, tastemaker. To activists, she is a musician with a message. Online, she represents the positive side of file-sharing. To music magazines like Urb and Spin, she is 2005’s Artist of the Year, with her debut album “Arular” topping dozens of influential must-have lists.

Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.

M.I.A. terrorizes the dancefloor | The Japan Times Online

About Jason A Jenkins

Writer, father and informavore, Jason likes working in, around and between Tokyo's creative forces. He is an avid fan of live music, carry-on luggage, people-watching and Taiwanese high-mountain oolong tea.
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