Despite being one of the most talked-about performers scheduled to appear at San Francisco’s Portola Festival this weekend, M.I.A. has reportedly canceled her appearance “due to a serious and unexpected health matter that occurred earlier this summer,” as stated in a post shared on the festival’s Instagram story on Friday.
“M.I.A. wants her supporters to know how disappointed she is, and she plans to talk about what happened later today. The English rapper of “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls” fame did not explain the cancellation as of Monday afternoon.
M.I.A. tweeted on Friday, “@PortolaFestival I am glad to be asked to be part of this festival. I will miss being in front of fans and people of San Fran, but I need enough time to comprehend what occurred psychologically, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.” We wish for a successful festival.
SFGATE attempted to contact a Portola Festival representative and an agency for M.I.A. but did not get a response in time for publication.
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., was the subject of the 2018 documentary “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.” She was nominated for a Grammy for “Paper Planes,” which appeared on her second album “Kala.”
The Portola Event is a relatively new music festival in San Francisco, and it is promoted by Goldenvoice, the same Los Angeles-based firm that annually puts on Coachella. Headliners Flume and the Chemical Brothers, together with Kaytranada, Charli X.C.X., and Toro y Moi, will perform on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, at the electronic dance music-focused festival. They have not yet announced a substitute for M.I.A. for the event.
Biography of M.I.A.
Rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer M.I.A., whose name is Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam, is a British citizen of Sri Lankan Tamil ancestry. She began her career in the visual arts, focusing on documentary cinematography and fashion design before turning to music. She has been nominated for 49 awards for her unique blend of dance, alternative, hip-hop, and world music in her songs.
M.I.A. is the first performer in history to be nominated for the Academy Prize and the Grammy in the same year and the first performer of Asian heritage to receive either award. When she started, she used the Roland MC-505 sequencer and drum machine extensively, but later on, she began incorporating exotic instruments, electronic noises, and samples from all over the world.
The United States has limited her ability to enter the nation due to her controversial views and remarks about the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils, African Americans, and Palestinians. Her C.D.s also provide explicit commentary on her political beliefs. She gives to several different organizations that work to help young people in war-torn Africa escape violence and poverty.
She helped fund initiatives to rehabilitate child soldiers and construct schools in Liberia. Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2009, while “Rolling Stone” called her “one of the defining artists of the 2000s.”
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