Born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam in England and raised in Sri Lanka, India and London, M.I.A. makes music that mixes genres—from hip hop to electronica, dance and world music—and her lyrics are sometimes political. She is best known for the songs “Boyz” and “Paper Planes,” and for her controversial short film “Born Free.”

M.I.A. - Born Free (Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010)

Music video by M.I.A. performing Born Free (Live at Virgin FreeFest 2010).

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