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M.I.A. Says Industry Censorship Makes Her Not Want to Release Music

Rania Aniftos 15 Oct 10

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M.I.A performs on stage at Lovebox 2014 at Victoria Park on July 19, 2014 in London.

M.I.A is fed up with censorship in the music industry.

The singer recently had an interview with The House of Strombo, where she expressed she's "not motivated" to release music. "For me, I have to find another way,” she explained.

“I have been pushed out for five years or something, and I haven’t been able to successfully release a record at all within this system…Or get my voice heard in terms of the Tamil plight, or get credit for anything I did," she continued, noting that people would rather hear an anti-Trump anthem than an exposure tune on Tamil women being raped by Sri Lankan army men. "That’s been completely erased. And people know, but no one is allowed to say it.” 

The interview follows the release of Mantagi/Maya/Mia, the in-depth documentary of her life, journey and career. Listen to the full episode below. 


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