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25th August 2007, 10:13 AM
A song from the new M.I.A. album "Kala" has samples from the Dalapathi song "Kattu Kuyilu." Listen here (http://www.avclub.com/content/music/m_i_a).

25th August 2007, 10:55 AM
Interesting but....I don't like the song.

25th August 2007, 01:19 PM
one nimit etho english ponnu thaan namma thalai paatta bit adichiduchu nenachu sandhoshapatten! apram paatha athu namma srilankan thamizhachi :P

25th August 2007, 03:58 PM
after quiet a search on her Here is review of this album where Ilaiyaraaja is mentioned

And after listening to some of her songs, She has got some stuff is wat i would say! Hip-hop is her forte and she excels well especially the Track 'Bird Flu' from the album 'Kala' is crossover between tamil folk rhythms (may be this is also sampled from some other Raaja's Compositions) and global hip-hop. Well there has to be someone like also to introduce our sounds and music to the world.
but for now there is nothing else in this genre to beat 'Elephunk theme' and 'YogiB-Natchatra' remix of Raaja songs.

26th August 2007, 12:42 PM
I like the song :)

27th August 2007, 05:58 PM
one nimit etho english ponnu thaan namma thalai paatta bit adichiduchu nenachu sandhoshapatten! apram paatha athu namma srilankan thamizhachi :P

rajasaranam, before I read your comment, even I thought she was an alien to tamil music, I didn't attempt to read who she is. Anyway atleast her target audience is alien to tamil music, if they like it, that is good :)

27th August 2007, 06:35 PM

28th August 2007, 01:48 AM

Looks like she's known in some circles...

28th August 2007, 06:22 PM
Wikipedia says this:

Covers and samples

* The opening words of "Bamboo Banga" ("Roadrunner, roadrunner / Goin' hundred miles per hour / With your radio on / With your radio on") are based on the lyrics of "Roadrunner", a song by Jonathan Richman from the 1976 album The Modern Lovers. Elements of the song "Kaattukkuyilu" from the Tamil film Dalapathi are also heard.
* "Bird Flu" incorporates elements of "Thirvizha Na Vantha" from the Tamil film Jayam.
* "Jimmy" is a reworked and rewritten cover of the song "Jimmy Jimmy Aaja" from the 1982 Bollywood film Disco Dancer.

IR paththi mattum refer panni thread create panni irukkardhu konjam aniyayama padudhu..!! NOM, just in a jest..!!! :-)

28th August 2007, 06:36 PM
I know for sure jimmy,jimmy,jimmy,Aja,Aja,Aja itself was a blatant copy of a western song by Bappi Lahiri...(I've heard the original those days, my uncle had the cassette, don't remember the artist / track etc. It was a ditto copy)...Bappi Lahiri was copying popular western songs left&right those days...remember Hari Om Hari (one way ticket)?

1st September 2007, 05:00 PM
Heard that MIA's Bamboo Banga is doing quite good on the internet listening. Is this trend possible in TFM just mixing old/western tracks in the backgrounds on new songs? Will general public accept it here??

5th September 2007, 01:17 PM
Article in Hindu and picture of Maya


11th September 2007, 01:23 AM
I've just started listening to the south side podacast from Desihits.com.

Completing the show was an interesting segment where the DJ traced some western albums influenced by Thamizh film songs - well, two of them at least.

Black eyed peas take on a song from Raghavendra in their Elephunk album.

MIA's take on the "kaatukuyilu" song from Dhalapathy, of couse was the other one.

It was refreshing to hear the dhalapathy beat after a long time.

9th October 2007, 04:09 PM
Kala at No.1 in "Top Electronic Albums chart" of gr8 billboard magazine


Note : Rankings are compiled by point-of-purchase sales obtained by Nielsen Soundscan data and from legal digital downloads from a variety of internet music stores

20th January 2009, 12:55 PM
M.I.A has worked with Rehman in Slum dog movie :)

28th January 2009, 09:50 AM
Worldly Woman

M.I.A. takes on the planet's music -- and issues -- on a remarkable album


Careerwise, the recent album M.I.A.'s Kala recalls is Kanye West's Late Registration -- an unexpectedly sure-footed follow-up to a brainy beat-adept's can-you-top-this debut. And though West is the more universal musician, especially as Americans conceive the universe, there are also musical similarities: Both albums challenge sophomore slump by risking pretension. But where West hired classically trained Jon Brion, the Sri Lankan-British rapper spread out and bent down low. Originally she'd hoped to trade the grimy beats of 2005's Arular for the more radio-friendly dirt of Timbaland. That plan fizzled, for two reasons -- not just the feds' refusal to let M.I.A. re-enter the U.S., but her instinctive reluctance to turn into Nelly Furtado once the chance was in her lap.

Plus, though she's polite about it, a sneaking suspicion that maybe Timbo wasn't all that -- that there were edgier beat-makers all over the place. With visa madness blockading her new Brooklyn apartment, she turned world traveler, pulling in multiple Indian musics and encompassing Jamaican dance-hall moves,Indian-Trinidadian multicontinental mash-up, Liberian vibes, a British-Nigerian rapper, Australian aboriginal hip-hop, Baltimore hip-hop, Jonathan Richman, the Clash and a bonus afterthought from Timbaland's solo album. Though she claims this record is more personal and less political than Arular, that's misleading. The political was all too personal on an album obsessed with her long-lost father, a player in Sri Lanka's terrorist-revolutionary Tamil Tigers. Here, that conflict-ridden relationship is behind her. Star access enables a woman who grew up an impoverished refugee to observe the outcomes of similar histories in immigrant and minority communities worldwide. If you don't think that's political, ask your mama -- or hers, who's named Kala.

Arular was about M.I.A. -- her ambition, her education, her contradictions, her history of violence. Kala is about the brown-skinned Other now obsessing Euro-America -- described from the outside by a brown-skinned sympathizer who's an insider for as long as her visa holds up. It opens with the uninvitingly spare "Bamboo Banga," which samples Indian Tamil filmi composer Ilayaraja and bends the lyric of Richman's "Roadrunner" so it celebrates a kid running alongside a Third World tourist's Hummer and banging on its door. "BirdFlu" disses dogging males everywhere -- "selfish little roamers" -- over another filmi sample and a barely synchronized four-four on some thirty deep-toned urmi drums. Also on "BirdFlu," high kiddie/girlie interjections add a cuteness that's sustained pitchwise on "Boyz," with its video of synchronized Kingston rudies shaking their moneymakers for the Interscope dollar. Only with "Jimmy," a Bollywood disco number a kiddie M.I.A. used to dance to for money at Sri Lankan parties, does a conventional song surface.

You've probably gathered that unlike Late Registration, Kala is less pop-friendly than its predecessor. It's heavier, noisier, more jagged. Timbaland might conceivably have found a hit for M.I.A.; London-based "dirty house" producer Switch, credited on eight of twelve tracks, will not. The eclectic world-underclass dance amalgam M.I.A. has constructed is an art music whose concept recalls the Clash as much as anything else -- the aggression of the early Clash and the reach of the late (who she samples). But soon enough, the music does soften and, occasionally, give up a tune. There's melancholy melodica, Sri Lankan temple horn, the eighteen-year-old rapper Afrikanboy describing his hustles, and several child choruses, notably on "Mango Pickle Down River," where preteens rap about bridges and fridges to rhyme with the didge -- didgeridoo -- that provides their groaning bass.

But none of these pleasures comes as easy as the high spirits of M.I.A.'s debut album seemed to promise. And in the end, that's why Kala strikes deep. There's a resolute sarcasm, a weariness and defiant determination, a sense of pleasure carved out of work -- articulated by the lyrics, embodied by the music. A riot of human, musical and mechanical sounds bubbles underneath these tracks. Not a white riot, that's for sure, and not a dangerous one either -- unless you believe every Other wants what you got and has nothing to offer in return. Kala proves what bullshit that is. The danger is all the evil fools who aren't convinced.