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Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Talking Points -

BY M.I.A. The provoca­tive rap­per’s lat­est musical of­fer­ing has her look­ing to her in­ner god­dess – Matangi, that is, the Hindu god­dess of mu­sic (and the ‘M’ in her moniker, short for Mathangi “Maya” Arul­pra­gasam). Matangi ex­pands on the Eastern flavour in­tro­duced on in­fec­tious sin­gles such as “Bad Girls” and “Bring the Noize” that made the cut on this long-awaited fourth al­bum. M.I. A. con­fessed to be­ing ner­vous about this as it “doesn’t have a tran­quil flute mas­sage sound.” But it’s hard not to love her chaotic, dig­i­tal blend of hip-hop, bhangra, punk, pop, and rap.

M.I. A. on stage

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