Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India. There’s two ethnicities there;

Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India. There’s two ethnicities there; one the Sinhalese, which is the majority and the government, and the minority, who are the Tamils. That’s where I’m from. And my lifetime sort of began there; I spent 10 years, and I was there during when the war started and fled as a refugee to England.
– M.I.A. –






Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India. There’s two ethnicities there;

Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India. There’s two ethnicities there; one the Sinhalese, which is the majority and the government, and the minority, who are the Tamils. That’s where I’m from. And my lifetime sort of began there; I spent 10 years, and I was there during when the war started and fled as a refugee to England.
– M.I.A. –


My uncle was the first brown person to have a market stall on Petticoat Lane in

My uncle was the first brown person to have a market stall on Petticoat Lane in the 1960s. He worked his way up from the street. He was homeless, but eventually he got a car so he could sell from the boot. And by the 1980s, he was a millionaire wholesaling to companies like Topshop. So in a way, fashion put me in England.
– M.I.A. –