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Listen to A.R. Rahman ft. M.I.A. (from Slumdog Millionaire)


If you have a moment this holiday season, you should go see Slumdog Millionaire, a fantastic new movie directed by Danny Boyle that opened in the U.S. a few weeks ago. Set in contemporary Mumbai, the movie tells a wonderful story about beating the odds and coming out on top. It's both inspiring and touching at the same time.

The movie also features an excellent soundtrack that was put together by famed Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman. His original score perfectly echoes the modern-day hustle and bustle of the sprawling town of Mumbai, fusing intoxicating traditional Indian rhythms with Western hip hop beats.

A.R. Rahman worked together with M.I.A. to create "O... Saya" that is heard at pivotal scenes in the movie and reflects the raw realism of Mumbai's street scenes.

M.I.A. and A.R. Rahman met in Mumbai last year when the Sri Lankan singer spent time in Rahman's studio to record "Kala." In an interview with URB Magazine, M.I.A. referred to the producer as "the Indian Timbaland," which gives you an idea of what a unique talent he is.  M.I.A. obviously jumped at the chance to work on "O... Saya" with the famed composer. Rahman says in a press release, "She's a real powerhouse. Somebody played me her CD and I thought, `Who is this girl? She came here and knew all my work, had followed my work for ages. I said, `Cut the crap, this "my idol" crap. You have to teach me.'"

Listen to a clip of "O... Saya" by A.R. Rahman ft. M.I.A.:

December 18, 2008 in Soundtracks | Permalink


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I've heard a lot of great things about this film. I'm more curious to know how it illuminates India's financially needy population.


Posted by: Evan at Dec 19, 2008 10:58:40 AM

Thank you for posting this tune! I just saw the film a couple of days ago and this is very timely. Happy [whatever you celebrate] to you! Cheers.

Posted by: Lena at Dec 27, 2008 5:36:47 PM

man i just saw this movie like 3 hours ago and i've been looking for the soutrack and i fell in love with all the songs! i've been a HUGE fan of M.I.A. for years so when heard her songs in the movie i was soooo happy. sorry for saying so much but i love the songs and movie so much(:

Posted by: adel at Jan 25, 2009 5:18:20 PM

what a movie.
Really amazing music.

Posted by: music a&r at Mar 31, 2009 12:33:00 AM