In celebration of another year in the life of @MIAmatangi
, I share this clip from @blnbritjohnsontv
's recent chopup session with me on the BOSSLADY NEWS television show 👐 During the interview, Brit asked me about my longtime support of M.I.A's work.
This video presents only a portion of my response: in truth, my support of M.I.A's work is representative of the connection I made with her music and her story, and how it all contributed to positive changes in my own life direction. I had been long aware of Maya's music thanks to singles like "Galang" (first heard that one @ an underground venue in Chelsea, MA in late 2003) and I definitely liked what I had heard. Yet it wasn't until 2007 when I had that game-changing experience as a listener. In the midst of being stuck in a mentally abusive relationship and battling weight issues, I heard the KALA album for the first time - a copy of the CD from Japan. From "Bamboo Banga" to "Paper Planes" to "What I Got," the music resonated with me in a way like nothing else had in years.
As I took a greater interest in M.I.A as an artist and I learned more about her story - a refugee who had been facing and overcoming insurmountable odds, a resilient activist taking a stand for Tamils and challenging the status quo - I felt greatly inspired. I credit this source of inspiration as a contributing factor toward me finding the strength to walk away from the abuse + eventually find my way onto the career path I enjoy to this day. For this, I am grateful for the contributions M.I.A has made to the arts - from the beginning to the most recent full-length effort, AIM.
I had the fortune of seeing M.I.A live onstage for the third time last week in Boston (SALUTE to Maya, @emeraldroselewis
!!) and I am beyond pumped to finally check out the @MIAdocumentary
- MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A - when it hits theaters in September. Uniting the world since 2003. Here's to many more years of P.O.W.A. ahead. Happy Birthday M.I.A. 😎🎉🎂👐 #FlyPirates #MIAdoc