We’ve mentioned it here often enough and finally it’s arrived: ‘Matangi’ by M.I.A. – the most comprehensive work of urban music of recent times. A synthesis of urban language, metropolis moods, crossing cultural and linguistic barriers: world music for the new millennium designed by a performer  who uses hip-hop as part of a coherent vision that ranges from dance to dubstep. The album propels us into the future, almost on to another plain –  “my more spiritual side” – as she puts it. This does not mean, however, that she abandons the rebellious spirit that has made her such an idol.

Matangi’ comes after a period of intense activity including the publication of an autobiography and collaborations with the world of fashion. The album follows a mixtape, ‘Vicki Leekx’, made live in the studio, packed full of ideas snd influences. Alongside ‘Matangi’, it’s like a manifesto for a new millennium.


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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