The first guest of the long-awaited season of the Philosophical Theatre at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb on November 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. was the world famous rapper M.I.A.
The British rapper M.I.A. originally from Sri Lanka with her energetic appearances, street hip-hop, electronic music and politically engaged texts marked the past decade in the world. She became famous not only because for her music style, but also because of her provocative spots such as the one for Borders in which she is surrounded by refugees on boats and in immigration centres or for Born Free, which relates to the theme of fictional genocide of redheads that was directed by Romain Gavras.
M.I.A., born as Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam holds the world record as the only performer who had simultaneously been nominated for Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Awards. Until now she recorded five successful studio albums; Arular, 2005, Kala, 2007, Maya, 2010, Matangi, 2013 and AIM, 2016, and she is also known as a producer and designer. Lately there are some rumours that she gave up the recording of albums because of the current situation in the music industry.
Commenting the fact that the CNT in Zagreb will welcome a star of her profile that magazine Time pronounced as one of one hundred most influential people in the world, the host of the Philosophical Theatre Srećko Horvat who will interview her in the auditorium said: Since we have launched the Philosophical Theatre we have always announced that we shall always attempt to depart from the expected frameworks in themes and with our selection of guests. If today there is someone who has surpassed the expected frames on the artistic stage then it is definitely M.I.A. This is her first time in Croatia and she is very pleased that she is the first guest of this season’s Philosophical Theatre. Since even large music festivals have not been able to bring M.I.A. into the region, I suggest you hurry to get your ticket.
The Philosophical Theatre founded by the general manager Dubravka Vrgoč at the CNT in Zagreb until now welcomed Vanessa Redgrave, Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis, Thomas Piketty, Julia Kristeva and many others.