Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Lot On Her Mind

Today's Song/Video of the Week, "Paper Planes," is by M.I.A., shorthand for Sri Lankan-British musical genius Ms. Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam.

She's a vocalist, songwriter, record producer and visual artist who blends many genres, including dancehall, hip-hop, ragga, electro, and South Asian music.

Her most impressive feat: combining fun, unpredictable party music and political themes without weighing down the fun or dumbing down the politics.

Her father is a Tamil militant/guerrilla fighter, so she spent her formative years moving around in exile, landing in London to study fine art, film, and video.
Here's her bio on Wikipedia.

Below, please enjoy, for your pleasure, "Paper Planes":

The funky cover of her well-reviewed latest album, "Arular":

Paul Lynde Snappy Answer of the Day:

Q: What is the most abused and neglected part of the body?
Lynde: Well, mine may be abused but it certainly isn't neglected.

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