I remember the year I went to the Bonnaroo Music Festival. It was the summer of 2004, and I was trying to register people there to vote. Trying because getting people that are high registered to vote was really tough. I remember that I felt like I was the only brown girl in a sea of hippy-dippies.
If only I would have gone this year. I would have definitely seen another brown person.
â€œThis is my last show,â€ the rapper M.I.A. announced from the stage of That Tent, â€œand Iâ€™m glad Iâ€™m spending it with all my hippies.â€ If, as she announced at least three times, it was M.I.A.â€™s last gig ever, she went out with a boom….For her finale, â€œPaper Planes,â€ the audience that spilled far outside the tent pumped fists happily at the gunshot sounds that are also one of the songâ€™s hooks. â€œThanks for coming to my last gig,â€ she said, amid noise that continued well after she was gone. [NewYorkTimes]
Is this the end of M.I.A.? Will she actually retire, or will she retire the way Jay-Z retired and be back within another year with a new album? She did cancel her European tour so maybe this was just the residual effect of that? Or maybe she simply doesn’t like touring?
M.I.A. never liked touring that much, anyway: â€œIâ€™m an artist and itâ€™s really difficult when you become the art, and youâ€™re like, â€˜Look at me!â€™ every day,” she explained. “I was never supposed to be like that. Iâ€™m eight things [painter, film director, musician, etc.], and Iâ€™ve figured out that you can get pleasure from being all of them, and thatâ€™s great. But I donâ€™t want to be the thing. And thatâ€™s what touring is.â€[Paste]
Or maybe it’s because M.I.A. got engaged last month and she’s feeling like she needs to settle down…
M.I.A. announced to her audience in Edmonton, Canada that she’s engaged! Not only that, but her beau-to-be comes from an “affluent” Montreal family. Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam agreed to marry Benjamin Brewer, the frontman/vocalist/guitarist for Exit and son of Warner Music Group’s chairman and CEO, Edgar Bronfman Jr.[MOG]
Is this a green card marriage or the real deal? Last year when I saw M.I.A. she kept talking about how she needed to get married so she could stay in the States. But then, why would she marry a Canadian?
Will M.I.A. retire? Will this be a love marriage for M.I.A.? Will she get kicked out of the U.S. for an expired Visa? Or is this all a part of her turning 30 meltdown? Only time will tell in the saga of M.I.A….