MIA* ‎– Kala



Bamboo Banga 4:58
Bird Flu 3:25
Boyz 3:27
Jimmy 3:29
Hussel 4:25
Mango Pickle Down River 3:54
20 Dollar 4:34
World Town 3:54
The Turn 3:52
XR2 4:20
Paper Planes 3:24
Come Around 3:53

Versions (19)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XLCD281 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD281 UK 2007 Sell This Version
none MIA* Kala (UK Version)(CD, Album, Promo) XL Recordings none UK 2007 Sell This Version
B0009715-01 MIA* Kala(2xLP, Album) Interscope Records B0009715-01 US 2007 Sell This Version
XLLP 281 MIA* Kala(2xLP, Album) XL Recordings XLLP 281 UK 2007 Sell This Version
CDJUST 194 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings CDJUST 194 South Africa 2007 Sell This Version
XLCD281, CBAKR MIA 0034 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings, Aksara Records XLCD281, CBAKR MIA 0034 Indonesia 2007 Sell This Version
XLCD281 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD281 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
XLCD281 M.I.A. (2) Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD281 Australia 2007 Sell This Version
XLCD281 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD281 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
B0009659-02 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) Interscope Records B0009659-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
B0012499-02 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) Interscope Records B0012499-02 UK 2007 Sell This Version
B0009736-02 M.I.A* Kala(CD, Album, Bes) Interscope Records B0009736-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
B0009659-02 MIA* Kala(CD, Album, Club) Interscope Records B0009659-02 US 2007 Sell This Version
WPCB-10029 MIA* Kala(CD, Album, Ltd) XL Recordings, Beggars Japan WPCB-10029 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
KACD 0827, none MIA* Kala(CD, Album + CD) Kang & Music, XL Recordings KACD 0827, none South Korea 2008 Sell This Version
XLCD281X MIA* Kala(CD, Album, RE, Iri + CD) XL Recordings XLCD281X UK 2008 Sell This Version
BGJ-10030 MIA* Kala(CD, Album) XL Recordings, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited BGJ-10030 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
none MIA* Kala(13xFile, AAC, Album, 256) XL Recordings none US Unknown
XLCD281 MIA* Kala(CD, Album, RP) XL Recordings XLCD281 Australia & New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version


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January 22, 2017
referencing Kala, 2xLP, Album, B0009715-01
How is the pressing of this release? Been eyeing a copy at my local record store.


June 20, 2014
referencing Kala, 2xLP, Album, B0009715-01

I have a copy of this with a misprinted side C which includes 2 Playaz Circle songs instead of 20 Dollar, World Town, and The Turn. The two Playaz Circle songs are U Can Believe it Featuring Ludacris and Paint still wet. Anyone else have this?


June 14, 2014
referencing Kala, 2xLP, Album, XLLP 281
is this much different from the interscope pressing? Other than the interscope being a gatefold sleeve?


April 19, 2010
referencing Kala, CD, Album, Bes, B0009736-02
M.I.A., born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, has become one of the most prominent names in popular urban electronic music today. Her song “Paper Planes” has been a chart-topping hit, featured in multiple movies, including the blockbusters Slumdog Millionaire and Pineapple Express. It wasn’t until the release of this song that she became such a mainstream artist. Nonetheless, her unique and peculiar sound remains, with no plans to sell out to more gentrified rap and electronic music. Written and recorded in 2006, “Kala,” M.I.A.’s sophomore effort, is named after her mother. Created in stages throughout several continents across the world, in countries including Jamaica, India, Trinidad, Liberia, Japan, Australia, the UK, and the US. M.I.A. obviously utilized her surroundings in order to produce her undeniably unique “world electro fusion” sound. Featuring production by well-known producers Timbaland, Switch, and Blaqstarr, and Diplo, the songs feel like instant hits but nonetheless shine with exceptional complexity.

Filled with sampled sounds and beats, “Kala” oozes with eclectic and exotic rhythms, textures, and melodies. The tracks are a non-stop carnival to your ears, with fast-paced and highly catchy tunes at every stop of the way. It is a one-of-a-kind journey through clubs, war-grounds, and ghettos, highlighting an array of political topics and never halting in its ability to keep your feet tapping and your body shaking. With songs dealing with immigration politics to terrorism to personal relationships to festivity, the album brings out both celebratory and “rawer, darker, outsider” themes. In essence, it’s the perfect mix of expression, art, and fun, giving you the opportunity to take whatever you desire from it. Still, even if you do not agree with her often controversial political stances, it is difficult to put off any song completely. The words not always need to be listened to, sometimes the instrumental itself is enough to keep you hooked – at least, in my opinion.

The album combines assorted instrumentation, heavy textures, sampling, looping, and layering, while exploring traditional dance and folk styles such as soca, funk carioca, Baltimore bounce, urumee melam (in songs like “Boyz” for example). “Bird Flu” features the sound of traditional Indian tribal drumming, the chanting of little village girls, a contagious “how many” vocal sample, whistling, and even the clucking of chickens. With these particular sampled sounds and more all packed into one song, it is impossible not to agree that M.I.A. incorporates noises from everywhere in her music. “Mango Pickle Down River” pulses with didgeridoo, and includes a group of Australian Aboriginal kids, the Wilcannia Mob, rapping with her. “Paper Planes” samples The Clash's “Straight To Hell,” and samples a mix of sound including boisterous gunshots and the "ka-ching” of cash registers. “Hussel,” taking on an incredibly serious, somewhat dark and ominous tone, combines extreme synthesizer sounds, with the tribal pummel of the rainforest, as M.I.A. and featured artist Afrikan Boy rap about the universal day-to-day struggle of living in poverty. “XR2,” ringing with a fast-paced horn sample, is an infiltrating, energetic club piece. Embodying the concept of multiculturalism to the fullest, and possibly epitomizing the unity of the vast range of foreign sounds that define M.I.A’s music, “World Town” shines with impeccable intensity, divulging many of her political thoughts with an exciting backing that hooks you from the very start.
While I have only described a few of the most exciting songs on the CD, these are just a little over half of the total track list; songs such as “20 Dollar” and “Bamboo Banga” are also very interesting and should not be forgotten.

Though her music may be invigorating and confrontational, its ability to produce such universal appeal is uncanny. With its enchanting beats and its catchy lyrics, “Kala” is undoubtedly M.I.A.’s best work yet. Incorporating a huge assortment of basic electronic sounds with new modern complexity, M.I.A.’s music moves beyond the basic sounds of the buchla or the moog synthesizer, Eric Satie’s revolutionized technique of looping, the sampling methods of Pierre Schaeffer’s Musique Concete, and the oscilating sounds of Herbert Eimert’s Elektronische Muzik; while undeniably electronic, her music fuses the instrumental with the digital, the tribal with the urban. M.I.A. has revolutionized electronic music with her unique sound, bringing a world or cultures together in the club, on the street, and even in the classroom. It is no surprise to me that the album has won so much critical acclaim, including being named the best album of 2007 by publications including Rolling Stone and Blender.


April 4, 2008
referencing Kala, CD, Album, B0009659-02
I was quite suprised to see that no one had written anything about this great album?

From top to bottom one of the most complete and genre melding records in years. Breakbeats and hip hop and reggae and techno and even old school hardcore sounds and pounding bass and quixotic and masterful lyrics abound. And and and. Sampling The Clash and doing it well isn't easy and on 'Paper Planes' mia excels at that which isn't easy. Sampling Pixies lyrics and transposing them into something very different borders on genius and lets not even talk about the pounding badass bass drum of 'Boyz'.

Yes this is a pop record but there is no shame in that when it is done this well.

And another thing. This is that all so difficult second record. Mia lays waste to that concept casting aside all doubters and
helping reinfuse music with her life and energy. First class.