M.I.A. has numerous fascinating tracks as well as is a remarkable electronica artist. Exactly what is also interesting is that she went all the way from a little war-torn island, Sri Lanka, to a leading top-ten musician in the USA and in Europe.
And also while there are several video clips she has with great manufacturing and fascinating sounds and all, as well as fantastic tracks from every one of the M.I.A. albums combined, there is one specifically which reaches out to her own individuals, goes back to the homeland, and also reveals the true spirit of what she has to do with. This tune is “Bird Flu”.
On multiple degrees, she returned to the roots on this one. Initially, she went to India to an area near where Sri Lankan Tamil refugees live to shoot this, as Sri Lanka was rather hazardous at the time with the war going on. Next off, she borrowed elements from a renowned Tamil songs, “Thirvizha Na Vantha”, from the flick Jayam. She went to the Chennai temples as well as discovered musicians to record in an Urumi Melam set, which itself is quite a statement, since this the urumi drums is normally only played by the Dalits (much better referred to as the “Untouchables”). Exactly what is amazing regarding this is that she is a popular recording celebrity appreciated in the west, as well as from all the components she could have utilized in her songs from India and also Sri Lanka, she opted to make use of routine songs of the Dalits. This was fairly the political declaration that she is WITH her peoples without taking a look at caste, as well as fittingly so.
The Urumi Melam ensemble includes the nagaswaram (the loudest acoustic instrument on the planet which is not brass, thought about to be extremely auspicious, and also used in events in South Indian Hindus), the pampai (a pair of double headed drums), one to 3 urumi drums, and a melodic instrument. Just what is ironic here is that the Urumi Melam set generally plays funeral services and also various other unpromising occasions, while the nagaswaram is taken into consideration to be a really advantageous instrument. The juxtaposition! I’m sure M.I.A. did this deliberately.
She additionally made use of the Gaana format in her songwriting. Gaana are fast Tamil tracks sung at celebrations. Once more this was most fitting since the video most definitely presents these individuals all celebrating in song and dance. Exactly what is additionally interesting is that this is certainly a nod to her indigenous Sri Lanka, as both Gaana and also the popular Baila songs of Sri Lanka are both in 6/8 meter.
Both the video and also the track are clearly an event of her people in the native lands, and also created and taped by the indigenous songwriting formats, including the Dalits’ arts as well. This may not be the most preferred, however it is certainly the very best M.I.A. Song as well as video from all 3 of her cds without a doubt.