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A master of combining the elements of pop, punk, hip hop and international sound into unique musical compositions, M.I.A. continues to redefine the landscape of music for the future. She anticipates and incorporates her background as the daughter of Sri Lankan revolutionary leader into her music. She shapes her political experience and personal opinion into lyrical masterpieces. M.I.A. continues to challenge and break through barriers, remarkably, as a female artist. Both of her releases, Arular and Kala remain significant many years after their release. There’s nothing that can stand in the way of this woman, not even the air she breathes.

 

Photo: Ryan McGinley. New York Times, 2010