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Political Angle Of M.I.A's New Album

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According to a press release, we also know that “MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI,” which suggests that the rapper’s upcoming release functions as a journal of her experience creating Matangi, perhaps due to M.I.A.’s promise of a certain level of “spirituality” in her 2013 release.
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What we know so far from articles is that it combines eclectic and worldly soundscapes with an overarching awareness of the world’s various cultures as well as plenty of political commentary.
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Now 41, M.I.A. has weathered countless mini-controversies (including that Super Bowl middle finger) and public beefs, only to become interested in fostering harmony. On the phone from Mumbai, she discussed politics in pop and her refusal to compromise. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
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Artists are people also and have the right to express all of their views in their work. The reason people fall in love with entertainers is not completely related to their craft. People like to be able to relate to the artist on a personal level also.
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M.I.A is the only international Hindu, Sri Lanka native who has broken into the American music industry. From the outside looking in, she has been widely accepted in the American community: or so it seems.
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The cover for M.I.A.’s new album A.I.M. is a mock NGO single bearing the slogan “M.I.A. - Uniting People Since 2003.” The line works on a few levels, and one is by acknowledging she’s been at this international-medley game longer than most of today’s hit makers.
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The official titleholder of the 2016 Song of Summer, Drake’s “One Dance,” is one of the most globally minded hits of our time, with a Canadian rapping over a beat reminiscent of Jamaican dancehall, a soulful sample from the U.K. funky scene, and contributions from African afrobeat artists. A clash of sounds it is not. Drake croons as gently as he ever has while the producers keeps the edges between styles soft, leading to a smooth swaying feeling that works equally well at baseball stadiums, nightclubs, and coffee shops. Western pop producers lately has been following Drake’s team’s lead, taking global textures and equalizing their levels as they stitch them together for broadest possible appeal, whether in the latest works of Justin Bieber, Major Lazer, or Rihanna.
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I listened to the album and did not find it to have a political angle. Maybe it is because I was not looking for one but I did enjoy the album.
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I listened to the album and did not find it to have a political angle. Maybe it is because I was not looking for one but I did enjoy the album.
I tried to get into her music but just could not stick with it. What do you like about this style of music? I am still not sure how or where it has a place in main stream music.
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