MIA, aka Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, has continuously adapted and evolved throughout her life. She was born in London, but six months later, her family emigrated back to Sri Lanka. As a girl, she emigrated with her mother first to India, and then finally to the United Kingdom. This traveling gave her a deep sense of self and a sense of compassion for people all over the world – especially refugees and the downtrodden. She is also a vocal activist and philanthropist as well as an artist.
She’s been working in the graphic arts since the late 90’s and found fame as a musical performer. Her sound has always been electronic, catchy, and danceable, but it’s highly experimental and involves instruments and people from all over the world. She doesn’t write about your typical dance stuff, either, she combines social and political messages with day to day issues.