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M.I.A....Music, Art, Fashion, Politics...

Wednesday, 29 December 2010



Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English songwriter, record producer, singer, rapper, fashion designer, visual artist, and artist of Tamil Sri Lankan origin.
An accomplished visual artist by 2002, M.I.A. came to prominence in early 2004 through file-sharing of her singles "Galang" and "Sunshowers" on the Internet. She released her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Arular in 2005. Her second album, Kala, was released in 2007 and gained her mainstream chart success. She has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.
Her compositions have been noted to encompass various genres, often with political lyricism and artwork. M.I.A. has described her music style as being "other". In addition to her work as a graphic designer, providing artwork and photography for releases and as a director of music videos, she has also experimented with documentary film and in 2008 released a collection of her fashion designs. She is the founder of the record label N.E.E.T.
In 2009, Time magazine placed M.I.A. in the Time 100 list of "World's Most Influential people" for having "global influence across many genres".
Mathangi Arulpragasam was born in Hounslow, London, England to Kala and Arul Pragasam. Her family is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.When she was six months of age, her family moved back to their native Sri Lanka. Motivated by his wish to support the Tamil militancy on the island, her father became a political activist.Her stage name, M.I.A., stands for Missing In Action.




Because of the Sri Lankan Civil War, the first eight years of her life were marked by displacement. During a period when her family temporarily resettled in Sri Lanka, the war escalated further and her school was destroyed in a government raid.In 1986 she, her older sister Kali, younger brother Sugu, and mother moved back to London where they were housed as refugees. She learned English in the late 1980s, on a council estate in Mitcham, South London.


M.I.A's first public exhibition of paintings in 2001 at the Euphoria Shop in Portobello Road, London, featured graffiti art and spray-paint canvasses mixing Tamil political street art with images of London life and consumerist culture. The show was nominated for the Alternative Turner Prize; (Jude Law was among early buyers of her art); and a monograph book of the collection was published by Pocko, simply titled M.I.A..





Politics and global ideas are prominent in M.I.A.'s art. On the political nature of her work she has said, "I have to be true to that--I can't take certain things away. I do have a political background.In a 2009 Coachella interview M.I.A. said, "The Third World deserves freedom of speech just like everyone else. We want to fight the battle to say what we want, whether to be serious or just make fun of ourselves. Thats what 'Worldtown' is about, that's what 'Paper Planes' is about. It's what people in the third world live through.
We are inspired by M.I.A and her combination of music, fashion, art and politics.

Visit her website on http://www.miauk.com/


New Gingham Men's Shirts @ Maali

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Gingham is on trend for Spring/Summer 2011. Our new Men's shirts reflects just that... hurry to the Maali Shop in Jabi Abuja and grab one of our new tailor made, well crafted designs made just for you in time for the new year and remember when you buy Maali, you bless a child...

Maali Gingham Shirts @4000NGN each 

Maali Short Sleeved Gingham Shirt @ 4000NGN

 Crisp long sleeved White Shirt

Blue Shirt with Gingham collar and sleeves 

Multicoloured Gingham short sleeved shirt

...more shirts in store...

Also watch out for the new intricately designed Kaftan collection by Maali

Maali (Boutique) sales event

Monday, 8 November 2010

Just Pictures

Maali Aso- Oke sandals

 Punch from the event











Last week's experiences...

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

This past week was eventful... Our items are almost sold out so we have to restock, really good start for us. We thank everyone who has visited the stall, bought and supported in one way or the other. Keep buying and you will be blessed! and remember! because we are a social responsibility company, part of our profits go to charity...We also want to apologise to our plus sized customers. We have taken note and when we restock, we will strive to accommodate and provide to the needs of our customers in this category. Thanks once again and keep buying Maali... giving Maali... and living Maali...

Below are few pictures of Alheri wearing Maali during the week! Big props to her for living Maali...

Maali red n yellow multicoloured rara skirt

Playing a game of foosball

Maali Tie back short skirt

Alheri @ our church breakfast meeting


Maali in How Bizaar!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Maali is pleased to announce that we r already displaying and selling our products @ how Bizaar! Kirkgate Market leeds: With over 600 stalls this is Europe's largest indoor market, around 250,000 people visit the market every week, and Micheal Marks opened his 'Penny Bazaar' in 1884 in the open air market here, which ultimately led to the foundation of Marks n Spencer in 1890, if u are in the area come pay us a visit @ units 147/148, 1976 Market Hall within Kirkgate market, row A. The nearest entrance is via New York street.


Our experiences so far...
This first week we made an impressive sale... yay! Looking forward to next week... Will be updating you on our weekly activities...

 sold out

 Multicoloured dungaree- 12GBP

 Kid Kaftan 15GBP

 Dresses- 12GBP

 Scarfs 3GBP



 Bags 12GBP



Male Kaftan 30GBP

Our summer photo shoot...

Friday, 30 July 2010

Alheri got a few of her friends to model our Neo -Soul inspired T''s and scarfs, Below are the pics... The photo shoot was fun, playful, cool... Kwadoo, Alheri's BFF was the photographer, The location; American University of Nigeria, Yola.



Free Me Red Female T



Blue Maali Polo                                          

Free me T, Polo Maali T and Soul of Africa Unisex T with multicoloured Maali scarf
                                  


Cool Soul Maali



Maali Back View

Close up of Models

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