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UK-born Sri Lankan rapper, singer, record producer and activist MIA, who wrote her first song on Bequia, the largest of the St. Vincent Grenadine Islands, said she started an online fundraiser to help raise the volcano ravaged St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
MIA with the name Maya Arulpragasam, born on July 18, 1975, has achieved worldwide fame with politically charged dance music.
According to AceShowbiz, MIA launched the volcano relief campaign to raise $ 137,000 (£ 100,000) for the people of St. Vincent in the Caribbean.
“The Paper Planes hitmaker stepped in to help those affected and said the area is” very special “to her,” said AceShowbiz.
“I wrote my first song in Bequia,” MIA wrote on Twitter, and these places have been my island outside of my island for 20 years. The devastation is unbearable.
“We want to raise £ 100,000 to buy essential supplies immediately, facilitate emergency travel and now get people to safety,” she added.
“The money raised will be distributed to help more than 16,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes and have over 100,000 residents who are now at risk of severe respiratory problems due to the extreme amount of ash,” MIA continued. “100 percent of all donations go to the cause.”
According to Wikipedia, MIA’s songs are marked with “impressive political and philosophical comments”.
Their music combines elements from alternative, dance, electronics, hip hop and “world music with versatile instruments and samples”.
MIA began her career as a visual artist, filmmaker and designer in West London in 2000 before starting her career as a musician in 2002, Wikipedia said.
It was said that she was one of the first acts to become known to the public via the Internet, and that she became known in early 2004 for her singles “Sunshowers” and “Galang”.
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MIA’s first two albums, Arular (2005) and Kala (2007), were critically acclaimed for their experiments with hip hop and electronic fusion, according to Wikipedia.
Kala’s individual “Paper Planes” reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and sold over four million copies.
Their third album Maya (2010) was preceded by the controversial short single film “Born Free”, said Wikipedia.
It was said that Maya was her best chart performance and reached the top 10 in several charts.
Her fourth studio album, Matangi (2013), contained the single “Bad Girls,” which, according to Wikipedia, won the MTV Video Music Awards.
It was said that MIA released their fifth studio album, AIM, in 2016 and recorded their first US Hot 100 number 1 single as a featured artist on “Franchise,” a 2020 single by Travis Scott starring Young Thug.
According to Wikipedia, MIA’s awards include two awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and two MTV Video Music Awards.
She is the first person of South Asian descent to be nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy in the same year, Wikipedia said.
She was said to have been named one of the defining artists of the 2000s decade by Rolling Stone and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009.
According to Wikipedia, Esquire put MIA on the list of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.
According to Billboard, she was one of the “Top 50 Dance / Electronic Artists of the 2010s”.
MIA was named a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honors for service to music, Wikipedia said.