By: Spacelab Research Staff
There's no escaping your roots. British / Sri-Lankan artist MIA (real name Maya Arulpragasam) has been denied a visa to the US immigration officials. It now appears that the reason she was denied a visa was her lyrics about the Sri-Lankan rebel group the Tamil Tigers, of whom her father is a member. She had intended to work on her upcoming album with producer Timbaland, which was why she was trying to gain access to the US.
The Tamil Tigers have fought for separation from Sri-Lanka, and is currently considered a foreign terrorist group by the US government. It's the age of databases, and it only takes a few moments of thinking to realize that MIA has probably been listed in a database somwhere as having links to the Tamil Tigers. So no visa for MIA. Her song Sunflower is about a suicide bomber, and that probably proved to be difficult for immigration officials to allow.
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." A recent trip to her MySpace site now shows that that post has been removed.
There have been no official announcements yet on how or when (or where) she will continue to work on her album.