M.I.A. has had a very busy few weeks. In addition to her guest appearance on the new Brockhampton album, there's new documentary, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., which chronicles her path from fleeing a war-torn Sri Lanka to becoming a world-renowned musician. You can watch the trailer below. She also just appeared on The Daily Show to talk about the film with host Trevor Noah. During the interview, she briefly discussed the meanings behind her name changes, and her reasons for recording a large portion of her life on video. "I just like cameras as a tool," she says. "When you're poor, that was a really good therapy, when you can document it and see yourself." You can watch that interview in full below.
The film opens in NYC and LA this weekend. M.I.A. herself be introducing the film and taking part in post-screening Q&As at NYC's IFC Center on 9/27 and 9/28 (tickets), and then at Los Angeles's Arclight Cinemas on 9/29 (tickets). After weeklong runs at those theaters, the documentary will expand to other cities.
In addition to these film screenings, M.I.A. will also be doing a few talks in NYC this week surrounding the documentary's release. As mentioned, she'll be participating in The New York Times' "Times Talks" series on September 27 at Merkin Concert Hall, where she'll discuss the film with NYT culture reporter Melena Ryzik (tickets).
M.I.A will then make an appearance at NYU's "Activist Mornings" series, where she's set to discuss her "identity politics of being a pop star and outspoken refugee." This takes place at NYU's Skirball Center on September 28, and tickets are still on sale.
Having recently opened for Lauryn Hill, M.I.A. also has a few upcoming tour dates, which includes an appearance at Miami's House of Creatives Music & Arts Festival in November, and two New Year's shows in Australia. All dates are listed below.
M.I.A. - 2018/2019 Tour Dates
November 10 - November 11 House of Creatives Music & Arts Festival Miami, FL
December 28 - December 31 Lost Paradise 2018 Glenworth Valley, Sydney, NSW, Australia
January 1 The First NYD 2019 Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC, Australia