Born in London to a Tamil activist father and a seamstress mother, Matangi Arulpragasm started her artistic career in graphics and audio visual arts before turning to music after meeting Peaches, who initiated her to the art of sequencing. Her first single Galang was a hit playlisted worldwide and enabled her to sign with XL Recordings (Radiohead, Sigur Rós, The Prodigy). Five very different albums followed and went directly to the forefront of the international scene with some shattering hits like Paper Planes, Born Free, Bad Girls and Borders, often accompanied with punching video clips. M.I.A. is preparing some surprises for her first Reunion appearance, or so we’ve heard!