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Name: Mathangi Arulpragasam                                                         
Also known as M.I.A., MIA, Maya Arulpragasam                                       
Born: 17 July 1975 Hounslow, London, UK                                             
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (July 17, 1975), is a British vocalist, songwriter,   
composer, record producer and visual artist, and a Tamil of Jaffna origin. Best     
known by her stage name, M.I.A, her work in music often features a range of         
elements of genres including grime, hip-hop, ragga, dancehall and electro.         
An accomplished visual artist by 2002, M.I.A. came to prominence in early 2004     
through file-sharing of her singles "Galang" and "Sunshowers" on the internet.     
In 2005, her debut album, Arular, was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her         
second album, Kala, was released in 2007 and awarded the title Album of the Year   
by both Blender and Rolling Stone. M.I.A. was also included on USA Today's "100     
Most Interesting People of 2007".