I heard this incredible story of Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, singer for the group M.I.A. She’s gone from her father working as an organizer for the Tamil Tigers in India, living as a refugee in London, getting a degree from London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, working with Jay Z, Missy Elliott, Timberland, Gwen Stefani, Nas, said “Her sound is the future,” she’s modeled for Marc Jacobs, contributed a score for Slumdog Millionaire and in February performing at the Grammy Awards to living in Bed-stuy.
Check out this Paper Planes DFA Remix, performed by M.I.A., and featured in Slumdog Millionaire!
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam was born in Hounslow, London, the daughter of Kala and Arul Pragasam. Her family is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent. When she was six months of age, her family moved back to their native Sri Lanka. Continue reading