M.I.A. – Mixed by NAINA
One of the key takeaways that critics and audiences are drawing from MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. – the motion picture documentary chronicling the life and work of M.I.A. – is how truly unparalleled her story is. The film traces her remarkable journey from being a Sri Lankan refugee growing up in the throes of a civil war to cracking pop’s linear pavement with a hybridised off-dancefloor sound that put her on the map.
To celebrate the musical footprint that former cover star M.I.A. left on British music and beyond, we invited Represent and Beats 1 DJ (and self-confessed Maya stan) NAINA to put together a special mix built entirely from her catalogue. From Blaqstarr’s remix of Bird Song from her last record AIM to the sprinting beats of XR2 from 2007’s Kala. It’s a dizzying, vivid reminder of what makes her such a singular voice.
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