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Nadia Kardar Tehran is the epitome of someone who has zero f**ks left to give. Simply known as Nadya, the Sweden-born artist originating from Iran intrigued when I searched online for music from her time in the three-piece group called Compadre.
Describing their sound with phrases like ‘Middle Eastern Bass’, ‘Muslimstep’ and ‘Jihad House’, I couldn’t stop my eyebrows from giving a bemused raise – but there’s no denying that her debut solo single ‘Refugee’ provides some clarity to those phrases. Being of Eastern descent and unable to be placed in a generic category, M.I.A comparisons were inevitable.
Nadya was quick to tell me one difference between the two of them, however. “I really like her music, and I think she seems like a really nice person. But I punch harder.”
And like the question of genre that lingered over M.I.A once upon a time, curiosity had me asking – do you see yourself as a singer, rapper, or…?
“I think music is about expressing something real. It doesn’t really matter how you do it – sometimes I rap, sometimes I sing, sometimes I scream… it’s all just expressions. You’ve just got to keep it real.”
American football’s governing body the NFL has settled its lawsuit with M.I.A. after demanding $16.5 million (£10m) for her performance during the 2012 Superbowl.
Joining Madonna on stage for a version of ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. caused outrage for raising her middle-finger at the end of their performance.
The NFL filed its lawsuit in September 2013, 19 months after the performance, when they were demanding $1.5 million (£910,000) and a public apology.
They claimed that M.I.A. intentionally gave the finger as a publicity stunt. By March 2014, the organisation was seeking $16.5 million (£10m).
Hollywood Reporter stated that M.I.A.’s attorney Howard King confirmed the settlement. Although no more details have been revealed.
M.I.A. issued a video statement when the lawsuit was first filed saying it was “a massive waste of time and money”.
Shortly after the Superbowl itself, Madonna said she “wasn’t happy” about M.I.A.’s display, telling radio presenter Ryan Seacrest: “It’s such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do. There was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point? It was out of place.”