ROWA gets Kala: LA-based singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist ROWA told us about her love for an MIA gem.
ROWA: One of the most influential albums for me is without a doubt M.I.A.’s debut Kala. I was super young when she dropped it and was absolutely hooked after seeing one of her music videos on MTV. Not only was it sonically fierce and unlike anything I had ever heard before but I was equally mesmerized by her visual aesthetics; filled with abrasive colors and patterns. Musicians with a knack for artistic design have always been the most influential to me, in my opinion there is nothing more memorable than a sophisticated musical catalog accompanied by a sense of visual storytelling.
M.I.A.’s inherent uniqueness and sheer authenticity is what made her so influential when it came out and I have been inspired by her work ever since. I had the opportunity to see her tour Kala when I was 12 years old at an old ballroom theatre in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI. My friends and I were easily the youngest people there and landed a spot in the front row. At the peak of her show she invited all of the ladies in the front on stage and there I was- dancing next to M.I.A as a pre teen! Not only did she create a unique realm of her own at that time but she invited her fans into it, to me that is what creates a truly powerful artist.
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