So I finally got round to ordering M.I.A.’s autobiographical book about her journey as a multi-disciplined artist and her various albums. I’ve always appreciated M.I.A.’s intentions as a musician to fuse global trends and ethnic influenced music with pop culture. Her work often deals with social commentary and pushes the boundaries on how that message is delivered and digested. That’s what her makes her sound so unique and often controversial. Her many talents include directing – and I love what’s she’d done with this video for her single “XXXO“. Totally glammed up, digital graphics reminiscent of over-the-top glamour shots or kitsch postcards – swans, sparkles and sunsets. It’s pretty remiscent of those Taliban glamour shots that were circulated online a few years ago – militant soldiers photographed laden with heavy make-up and romantic backdrops for their loved ones back home. Great paradox. Hope she releases a new album soon.


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