Happy birthday to Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., who turns 34 Friday! The past year has been a busy one for the British-Sri Lankan singer: she started her own record label, got nominated for an Academy Award, killed at the Grammys while 9 months pregnant, had a baby boy and became “Mamma M.I.A.”, and got voted one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine. And all that transpired after M.I.A. announced that she was retiring from performing. Which reminds us, please don’t do that to us again, girl. We need you around to shake shit up, give it a groovy beat, and paint it in Day-Glo colors for many more birthdays to come.
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