Sri Lankan-born, British-raised Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam doesnt make music for everyone. She spits bewildering lyrics over out-there beats that blend British grime, Brazilian baile-funk, Baltimore club music, Trinidad soca, and Jamaican dancehall influences. Sometimes the choruses of her songs are repetitive phrases, like na-na-na-na, or a-nee-nee-nee-nee, so her voice can seem almost deliberately annoying. But once you fall in love with the quirky rapstress, theres no turning back. And once you realize shes actually chanting about war, poverty, struggle, and violence, you just might fall in love. Tonight she performs at Studio A (60 NE 11th St., Miami), and the venue is bound to be overcrowded with booty shakin hipsters. Doors open at 8:00. Tickets are a mere $27. Call 305-358-7625, or visit www.studioamiami.com.
Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., 2007