There are five known artists under this name:
(1) Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, a British alternative dance musician and graphic artist of Tamil descent.
(2) An 80’s American punk/hardcore band
(3) An Argentinian progressive folk collective
(4) An alias of Raphael Merriweathers Jr.
(5) An alias of Michaela Grobelny
(1) Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, (born 18 July 1975 in Hounslow, London, U.K.) is a British artist of Sri Lankan descent. As a baby she moved with her family to their native Sri Lanka, where her father became increasingly politically active in militant activities. As the Civil War escalated the rest of the family was forced to flee as refugees, first to India and then the UK. “M.I.A.” [“Missing In Action”] references both her London neighborhood (Acton) and her politically tumultuous youth.
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