Watch: M.I.A. and the Roots on Jimmy Fallon - Reverb

Watch: M.I.A. and the Roots on Jimmy Fallon

M.I.A. performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., Saturday, April 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

M.I.A. performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., Saturday, April 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

M.I.A. is still chasing the proverbial dragon. “Paper Planes” is the measuring stick that a lot use when comparing Maya Arulpragasam’s new material. The English-Sri Lankan beat princess celebrated the release of her new album, “Matangi,” with a performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday.

The show displayed a very grounded M.I.A. in a whip-smart interview with the clever Fallon. Maya is pushing her single, “Come Walk With Me,” which started off as a slow simmer that erupted into a full stage freakout and included none other than the Roots on backup duties. Look for M.I.A. to perform at the Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend in Austin.

M.I.A. and The Roots Had a Run-In

M.I.A. + the Roots “Come Walk With Me”

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Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb

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  • Jay_the_Sharp

    I got a little teary-eyed watching this