M.I.A. Plays Buenos Aires With Solange
The week of Thanksgiving, M.I.A. blew through Buenos Aires for a gratis performance with Solange Knowles and a few other Argentine acts. The bi-annual festival is hosted by Movistar, the mobile network provider, on the grounds of the city’s Planetario Galileo Galilei. Milk Made ran around backstage getting to know some of the lesser known acts, such as Poncho, who actually performed inside the planetarium with 360 degree projected visuals which they called "Piazolla and the Tango in the Sky."
Elsewhere on the grounds, a BMX ramp, origami lessons, and ping pong tournaments entertained the crowd of kids in the early stages of spring fever. At some point there was a ‘Yoga Rave’ — a power yoga / EDM fusion.
Finally, M.I.A. appeared on stage, first in a hot pink sari-like headscarf topped off with a cheetah print cowboy hat that was eventually accosted by the hyped up crowd. Her set list was comprised of her latest album, Matangi, which was released November 1 and was, like her other work, politically influenced, this time around featuring contributions from highly controversial Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. M.I.A. and her two Versace-clad back up dancers casually worked the crowd into a frenzy and then invited about 40 kids onto the stage for a blow-out send off. Then she dropped the mic. No encore. Peace out, BA.
Photography by Andrew Day