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M.I.A.: Coronet Theatre, London SE1

Lisa Verrico, The Times, 22 December 2007

SHE IS LESS well-known than Amy Winehouse's hair and her sales to date wouldn't fund Beyoncé's laundry bill, yet Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., has just swiped the biggest critics' prize in pop — Rolling Stone's Album of the Year — from under the noses of Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z.

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