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Music / Arular

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I was missin' in action / On the side of a carton / I was taken in a Datsun / From a street in Acton
I bongo with my lingo
And beat it like a wing yo
To Congo, to Colombo
Can't stereotype my thing yo

Arular is the debut studio album by M.I.A.. Released in 2005, it was named after her father and is one of her most popular albums to date. The album was made after her days of working exclusively in the visual arts and unsuccessful attempts at being a producer.

The album's lyrics explore themes of politics, the military, poverty, terrorism, and other controversial subjects (M.I.A.'s specialty). Musically, the album contains influence from a LOT of genres, including Alternative Indie, Hip-Hop, Electronic Music, Funk, and Punk Rock. The album has spawned the singles "Sunshowers", "Bucky Done Gun", and "Galang".


  1. "Banana Skit" (0:36)
  2. "Pull Up the People" (3:45)
  3. "Bucky Done Gun" (3:46)
  4. "Sunshowers" (3:16)
  5. "Fire, Fire" (3:38)
  6. "Dash The Curry Skit" (0:40)
  7. "Amazon" (4:16)
  8. "Bingo" (3:12)
  9. "Hombre" (4:02)
  10. "One For The Head Skit" (0:29)
  11. "10 Dollar" (4:03)
  12. "URAQT" (2:56)
  13. "Galang" (3:35)
  14. "MIA" (3:27)

"One for the tropes, and two for the beat"

  • Animal Motifs: Tigers appear in the work. Inspired by the Tamil Tigers, a now defunct guerrilla organization that was based in Sri Lanka, M.I.A.'s home country.
  • Animated Music Video: The music video to "Galang" has M.I.A.'s artwork popping out at the screen.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • The title of "Hombre" means "man" in Spanish.
    • "Galang" is the Jamaican patois slang word for "go on".
  • Face on the Cover: M.I.A.'s face is on the album's cover, surrounded by various vivid graphics.
  • World Music: The whole album is a collection of many genres of the world.