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MIA Censored

It comes as no surprise that MIA’s performance of Paper Planes on the David Letterman show was censored.

One of the standout tunes on her fabulous new album Kala, the gunshots contained in the original track were censored by conservative US TV exec’s. Not one to take these things lightly, at least she got to make some kind of statement, with her two finger salute at the end. Check out the footage here, it’s still worth watching as it’s a great song. Head over to the original post on youtube, where it has sparked a great debate on censorship.


Some people make reference to the song sampling The Clash – ‘Straight To Hell’, and I thought i was the ony one that spotted that!

Here’s my album review from Totally Dublin a few months back, and be sure to check out her live show in the Phoenix Park Marquee on December 7th. Her Electric Picnic appearance was my highlight of the weekend. Yes, the sound was crap, but the energy and performance was amazing.

M.I.A. – Kala (XL Records)

Two years on from her excellent debut Arular, Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam returns with another glorious mess of a record. The English/Sri Lankan MC continues to confound all expectation, fill column inches, divide opinion, and gleefully bend and break every rule she can get her hands on. We’ve learnt to expect the unexpected from MIA, but nothing could prepare you for how far ahead of the game this girl truly is. Although Kala combines many disparate influences, namely elements of hiphop, techno, electro, grime, R’n’B, dancehall, baile funk, and world music, they are all masterfully fused and bound together by her exceptional vocal talent and socially aware lyrics. Yes, she is the epitome of cutting edge cool, and dangerously hip (production credits include such heavyweights as Diplo, Timbaland, Danja, Switch, and Bangladesh), but Kala is definitive proof of MIA’s maturation, her rich musical heritage and influences, and burgeoning social conscience. Opening track Bamboo Banga will literally flatten you, borrowing its chorus from the Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers classic Roadrunner, set amidst a throbbing sub bass and the sleaziest of electro beats. Bird Flu and first single Boyz are joyous, uplifting pop-infused romps, leaning more towards the blueprint of Arular. The only low point of the album is Jimmy, a cover of the Bollywood classic Jimmy Jimmy Aaja from the movie Disco Dancer, and a poor selection for a second single considering the quality of songs present on Kala. Hussel tackles the humdrum of everyday working life, while Mango Pickle Down River is a Wu-Tang influenced hiphop standard, reminiscent of Missy Elliot’s Work It. $20 cheekily pilfers the bass hook from New Orders Blue Monday, and lifts the chorus from The Pixies Where Is My Mind (albeit through a vocoder), if only Mr Hopkinson’s Computer hadn’t thought of it first. Standout track Paper Planes also borrows from the past, imitating the melody from The Clash’s Straight To Hell, and were it not for the machinegun toting chorus, it could be a potential chart topper. From start to finish it is virtually impossible to find fault with Kala, practically essential listening.


October 16, 2007 - Posted by | Music

1 Comment »

  1. She is ridiculously fit.

    Comment by Pedro | October 17, 2007 | Reply

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