M.I.A. Plays Governors Island on Saturday

July 22nd, 2010

M.I.A., born Maya Arulpragasam, is a talented and controversial, singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, fashion designer and visual artist. She was born in London, but moved around as a child. In the U.S., her career really took off with the smash hit “Paper Planes,” off her second album. The former Bed-Stuy resident now lives in Brentwood, Calif., outside L.A., with her husband and son. But despite residing in the suburbs, this music superstar is no less outspoken. And with the release of her third disc, Maya, M.I.A. (above, playing “Born Free” on Late Show with David Letterman) makes her only scheduled U.S. appearance this Saturday at the South Island Field at Governors Island. As part of the HardNYC event, Die Antwoord, Skream, Benga, Rye Rye, Sleigh Bells, Theophilus London, Borgore, Destructo, 12th Planet, Nguzunguzu and Ninjasonik will also be performing.