At Terminal 5 on Sept. 27th, M.I.A., aka Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, came on to the stage draped in dark robes, glasses over her eyes, dancers at her side, namely Cisco and White Boi, and a trio of shuffling burka-clad crew attendants over on the right, like maddened under sharia law, popping off lines from the new album, singing “The Message” before rolling into “Galang”.
“Blaze a blaze (galang a lang a lang lang)
Purple haze (galang a lang a lang lang)
speak the slang now
boys say wha
come on girls say what, say wha “
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010 Time: 7pm Venue: Terminal 5 (610 W 56th St., Between 11th and 12th Avenues, New York, NY 10019) Ticket: $35 – $40 Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer whose eclectic compositions combine elements of hip-hop, electronica,dance, alternative and world music.
M.I.A. is also an accomplished visual artist and fashion designer. Her activism has been met with both appreciation and criticism. In 2002 she received an Alternative Turner Prize nomination for her art, and has been recognized for work as a music video director and graphic designer.