M.I.A. Releases Debut, Heads to North America

Published: 2005-01-24
London-based musician M.I.A. is about to prove to her country whether or not she will live up to the hype they've placed on her. M.I.A. (real name Maya Arul) has been gaining momentum on the strength of a few singles, and her debut album will finally see release next month in the UK. The 12-track record has been titled 'Arular' and will hit shelves on February 22nd (it will be available through import here in Canada).

To promote her debut album, Arul will be travelling abroad in hopes of impressing the North Americans who decide to stop in on her shows. She has just three gigs lined-up on the entire continent, and Toronto was lucky enough to be one of M.I.A.'s chosen destinations. The genre-melding singer will be hitting the Drake Hotel on February 2nd, and from there will head to New York and finally Los Angeles. Following the wrap of her very tiny North American tour, Arul plans to embark on a 9-date jaunt around the UK.

The track-listing of M.I.A.'s debut album 'Arular' is:

'Banana Skit'
'Pull Up The People'
'Bucky Done Gun'
'Fire Fire'
'Freedom Skit'
'One For The Head Skit'
'10 11'
'M.I.A.' (hidden track)

To listen to a few of M.I.A.'s tracks and to check out her UK tour dates, head on over to Arul's official web site at: www.miauk.com. On the site there is also a link to the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization, which provides relief for the victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka - Arul's native land.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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