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M.I.A. Advocates Recycling With H&M by Dancing Atop a Pile of Magazines Headed to the Bin

World Recycle Week begins April 18, and M.I.A. has teamed up with H&M for a song, “Rewear It,” advocating recycling, as well as the general specter of climate change. In the accompanying video/advert, a selection of cool people around the world are seen to be essentially waking up to the concept of recycling, jamming…

M.I.A.'s New Song 'Ola' Is a Message for La Migra

Maya Arulpragasam has long been fascinated with borders, a Sri Lankan refugee to London who’s transcended them by recording her albums all over the world. But she’s been more explicit as of late, as the border takes on a deeper and more violent significance; her “Borders” video referenced refugees from places like…

MIA's New Video Elevates Badass South Asian Warrior Women

Though MIA’s 2013 album, Matangi, was generally well received, it was not well understood. This was, in part, because of many Western music critics’ lack of curiosity about cultures outside their own, and specifically the music within; Matangi was an assertion of MIA’s globality, but also centered specifically on a…

MIA On Diplo Trying To Control Her Early Career: 'He Was Just Jealous'

This week marks the ten-year anniversary of MIA's Arular, an album which quite literally changed pop music and presaged the way the internet would create an avenue for marginalized genres across the globe to thrive outside their communities. Of course, part of this is due to MIA's collaboration with Diplo, who only…

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