XL Interscope
Release date
21 Aug 2007
Running length
5 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
3 M.I.A. - Boyz 3:28 271,134
5 M.I.A. - Hussel 4:25 63,636
9 M.I.A. - The Turn 3:52 175,168
10 M.I.A. - XR2 4:19 187,969
12 Timbaland - Come Around 3:56 5,838

About this album

Kala is the second studio album by M.I.A. and it was released by XL Insterscope on 2007. The album ranges from dance music to alternative hip hop and makes extensive use of world music, particularly South Asian music such as that of the urumee, a drum used in gaana music native to Tamil Nadu, India.
It reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart, 172 places higher than Arular, and topped the magazine’s Top Electronic Albums chart. In the United Kingdom it reached number 39 on the UK Albums Chart, 59 places higher than her debut album. Kala has spawned the singles “Boyz”, “Jimmy” and “Paper Planes”.

Kala achieved a high placing on most publications’ end of year “best of 2007” lists, including placings at number eight (Stylus), number seven (NME), number six (Paste, The A.V. Club and Entertainment Weekly), number four (The Guardian and Drowned in Sound[), and number three (Pitchfork Media). The album was also listed at number three on The Village Voice’s 35th annual Pazz & Jop poll. Blender and Rolling Stone both named Kala as their number one album of 2007.

In 2009 NME placed the album at number 72 in its list of the 100 greatest albums of the decade, Rolling Stone named it the ninth best album of the same period, and veteran critic Robert Christgau named it the best album of the decade.

1. Bamboo Banga
2. Bird Flu (orig’ Nov 06 single)
3. Boyz (orig’ Jun 07 single)
4. Jimmy (later Oct 07 single)
5. Hussel (feat. Afrikan Boy)
6. Mango Pickle Down River (with Wilcannia Mob)
7. 20 Dollar
8. World Town
9. The Turn
10. XR2
11. Paper Planes (later Feb 08 single)
12. Come Around (feat. Timbaland)

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  • GagaZaynLover

    Best album of all time.

    31 Aug 9:10pm Reply
  • campbell-davitt

    Changed my mind... this album sucks.

    8 Jun 3:54am Reply
  • campbell-davitt

    This reminds me of Die Antwoord, especially "Mango Pickle Down the River" and "Hussel". I honestly think this album is pretty overrated, it almost feels as if I am on the outside of an inside joke.

    8 Jun 2:54am Reply
  • pastlives

    One of the best albums in the history of humankind [2]

    30 Mar 3:47am Reply
  • Igor_Luque

    One of the best albums in the history of mankind.

    17 Feb 5:01pm Reply
  • Lazy_Boot

    The fuck happened with the tracklist?

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hastega

    this tracklist. ( 2 )

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • x_thi

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Hansori

    This tracklist.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • vesituli

    I really like this album, but I have come to the conclusion that in terms of all her albums to date, it's my least favourite. It seems to be the most loved, and I do have love for it myself, but Arular and yes, Maya, top it for me. Maybe that will change over time. Top notch stuff though. For a while I was quite addicted to World Town. Paper Planes has a certain charm to it. Jimmy is probably my least favourite, it doesn't seem to fit on the album as much as the other songs. It's not a bad track, though.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Klaudijja

    Kala > Arular > MAYA

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • parenthetical_d

    does anybody know where I can get the uncensored version? Pleas message me if so!

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • twewy2010

    Everything about this album is perfect. Arular and this are two masterpieces

    28 Apr 2013 Reply

    Some aspects of this album remind of the energy and verve of Bow Wow Wow. Love the mix of asian flavour and hiphop. Found the album in me local Oxfam for £2 :)

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • astroholiday

    Arular > Kala she only have two albums by far in my reality.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • FerdinandaPlato

    Kala > Arular >>>> MAYA

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Fontinellee

    Kala > MAYA > Arular

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Tahula

    her best album, for sure [3]

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    her best album, for sure [2]

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • aimeucool

    One of the best albums I've listened to <3

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
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