Already adopted as the next darling of the press, M.I.A.'s debut album is assured a large territory in the musical landscape of 2005. It started with the COVER of Fader this fall, a review of the Galang single in the New York Times, and a New Yorker feature. Album reviews have already been confirmed in Spin, URB (Cover), New Yorker, Blackbook, Nylon, Paper, XLR8R, Rockpile, Flaunt, SOMA, Wired and just about every other publication that covers music in any way. Through an amazingly organic word of mouth her debut single Galang, M.I.A. has already become a household name to the hip glitterati of the world.Aged just 11, M.I.A. (aka Maya Arul) became a refugee of war. Like many others, her family were forced to flee Sri Lanka when the Sinhala-Tamil conflict began to grip the country in the mid-eighties. Quickly adapting to her new surroundings, she has gone from those dark days to where she is today: On the verge of stardom.
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