M.I.A. On Tour
Her dancehall rhythms and a mixtape with East coast DJ Diplo, made her a darling of the underground music press. After a short but successful tour with LCD Soundsystem earlier this year, M.I.A. is ready for her own tour of North America.
The jaunt begins on September 19 in Athens, Ga., at the 40 Watt Club. From there, M.I.A. will travel North for shows in Washington D.C. and Boston. After a September 24 date in Montreal, she will head South for shows in Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago.
M.I.A. will close out September with a show in Minneapolis on September 29. She heads west at the beginning of October, playing Englewood, Colo. on October 1. October 4 will be spent in Los Angeles, with a show at the Henry Fonda Theatre, after which, M.I.A. will wrap up the tour the next day in San Francisco.
If you don’t have a chance to catch M.I.A. during those dates, you’ll have another opportunity in November. M.I.A. will be the supporting act for a string of U.S. and Canadian dates for Gwen Stefani, who is also on her first solo tour supporting Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
The dates with M.I.A. start on November 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba then move on to Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver. Shows in the U.S. start on November 21 in Seattle and then move south to Portland, Ore., and finally to Fresno, Calif., on November 25.
M.I.A. (whose real name is Maya Arulpragasam) grew up in Sri Lanka, India, and London, although her music suggests an even broader range of cultures. The singer’s politically inflected music borrows as much from Jamaican dancehall as from Brazilian “baile funk.”
After her family escaped the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka and settled in London, M.I.A. went to college and eventually hooked up with members of the British bands Elastica and Pulp. Those collaborations eventually led to her debut album, Arular, which was released this past March.