By: Spacelab Research Staff
British / Sri-Lankan artist MIA (real name Maya Arulpragasam) has denied a visa to the US immigration officials. The details are extremely fuzzy as to why she has not been granted access to enter the country, but she had intended to work on her upcoming album with producer Timbaland.
In a post on her MySpace site, she said "i was mennu work with timber startin this week, but now im doin a Akon "im locked out they wont let me in" im locked out! they wont let me in! Now Im strictly making my album outside the borders!!!! so il see you all one day, for now ill keep reportin from the sidelines."
2005 saw MIA literally explode in the US, after a good performance at the South By Southwest Music Festival and a lot of support from the music press and blogosphere over her songs Galang and Sunshowers. She raps over the top of dancehall and hip-hop style beats to give a very minimal but impacting style.