The pop star & political provocateur talks to the Times

From international pop star to political provocateur, M.I.A. is unapologetically female, artistically driven and daringly different.

Hear Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) and Melena Ryzik, culture reporter for The New York Times, discuss the soothsaying songstress’s film MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. Drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya and her closest friends over the last 22 years, the film captures her remarkable journey from immigrant teenager to international pop sensation. Watch this live conversation in which Maya discusses batting the establishment, the plight of the Sri Lankan people, and the question of whether pop stars can make effective political activists.

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