July 18, 1975 in Hounslow
London, United Kingdom
hip hop artist Maya Arulpragasam
There are five known artists under this name: (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.