If you haven't heard of M.I.A., or haven't paid particular attention to the ripples she's been causing for years now, shame on you! If you have, then I'm sure you'll agree, she's a force to be reckoned with and won't mind digressing in awe with me for a moment.
This little lady first caught my eye five years ago when she released her debut album Arular. Screaming beats and soft hooks, many a wasted afternoon I spent with M.I.A. in my ears. Bringing her loud music and louder stylez, she is a one women machine, hell bent on reminding us that music is not all about fast cars and sexy clubs. She shared a stage with Jay-Z and Kanye at the Grammys on the eve of her son's birth wearing what can only be described as the bravest effort of a mom to be in what is now a legendary performance. She has been banned from the US then declined exit. She's had her video Born Free (where a group of anarchiac ginger kids are rounded up and shot) banned from YouTube.
She's been my hero for some time now.
M.I.A. plays o2 Academy in Brixton Wednesday 10th November
image via Rankin, Dazed and Confused