122. M.I.A. - ‘Kala’ + The Paper Plane

M.I.A. - ‘Kala’ + The Paper Plane

Ingredients: 3/4 ounce bourbon, 3/4 ounce Aperol, 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino, 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Mixing Instructions:  Combine all ingredients in a shaker.  Fill with ice, shake until chilled and strain into couple glass, serve. *drink created by Sam Ross

Notes: Intense poverty and racial conflict have historically provided rich breeding grounds for some of the world’s most powerful art, the music of M.I.A. being no exception.  The daughter of a Tamil activist, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam spent a childhood caught in the fray of the Sri Lankan civil war before being moved to London by her mother Kala out of concern for their safety. Her second album transports one to a dizzying world where lyrics tackling everything from genocide to immigration are layered on top of exotic beats then dropped like hand grenades.  It’s music with balls and brains, full of head-shakingly hooky tracks like “Paper Planes”, “Bird Flu” and “Bamboo Banga”.  An album that goes well with 24k yellow gold, AK-47’s and a stiff drink, enjoy while paying homage to the revolutionaries.

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