Gigline: M.I.A. From London Underground To The Superbowl


Photo Credit: New York Times

Maya Arulpragasm (better known as M.I.A.) has established herself as a talented, fearless performer thanks in part to performing while nine months pregnant at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards to giving audiences the middle finger (and getting sued in the process) at the Super Bowl during Madonna’s performance.

The Sri Lankan born singer, rapper and political activist brings the many sides of her personality into her live performances, creating concert experiences that audience members never forget. M.I.A. emerged on the U.S. underground dance scene around early 2005 and received significant acclaim for her first studio album Arular. Touring with Dj (and former love interest) Diplo, M.I.A. had multiple gigs around NYC and the East Coast area. Her American debut was in NYC’s The Knitting Factory, performing a small electro, hip hop dance-infused concert featuring many of the tracks on Arular. M.I.A. moved on to bigger gigs throughout the U.S. and other countries during the release of her second album Kala, which featured her infectiously catchy, gun loading single “Paper Planes.” Now with her fourth studio album Matangi set to release November 5th, she'll come back to where she started, NYC, performing two shows at Terminal 5 November 1st and 4th.

Here’s a look at a variety of M.I.A.’s shows, from the more intimate, early career gigs, to the massive, sold out shows later in her career, all leading up to her highly anticipated return to NYC’s Terminal 5. This gigline includes reviews and footage from various fans, blogs and professional music critics. If you were there or plan to attend one of her upcoming concerts, share all of your favorite moments on M.I.A’s SuperGlued page.

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