A mention of Sri Lanka that has nothing to do with the tsunami.

Sunday, February 6th, 2005 @ 7:20 am | Music

Sri Lanka — a southeast Asian country largely ignored by the rest of the world — has been getting a lot of press lately due to that tragic tsunami. Now there’s another reason for Sri Lanka to be mentioned in the press: the debut album from Sri Lankan-born Maya Arulpragasam, performing under the moniker M.I.A.

M.I.A. is shaping up to be the UK’s hottest musical export since Dizzee Rascal. Maya combines UK garage with dancehall rhythms, ghetto patois, and Bhangra influences, and her music could be best described as “Dizzee Rascal meets Peaches.”

Her debut album Arular will be released on February 22, and is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated albums of this year. Here are some mp3’s of her first two singles, also included on the upcoming album:

M.I.A - Galang
M.I.A - Sunshowers

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