What to watch, listen to and read this week, brought to you by RTÉ Culture.

FILM

Now on Netflix: the documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., following the life of the controversial rapper, MIA. Mathangi Arulpragasm originally hailed from Sri Lanka, and arrived on a London council estate with her mother at eight years old, while her father remained in Sri Lanka as a Tamil resistance fighter  This documentary portrait is both raw and unfiltered, offering an insight into the impulsive and at times brattish personality synonymous with MIA while also highlighting the deeper personal struggles of a child refugee fleeing from conflict and assimilating into a new culture. 

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MUSIC 

Dublin-based RnB star, Erica Cody’s new single Calculated features Irish hip-hop duo, Hare Squead. Cody first catapulted onto the music scene with her debut EP Leoness last year, and hasn’t disappointed with her new track - Cody also performs as part of the Irish Women in Harmony collective, who are currently making an album to be released in time for Christmas.

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Irish indie-rock quartet, Inhaler also released new music this week, with their track When it Breaks, their most "politically driven" song so far. "It's our interpretation of this strange and imperfect world we’ve come to live in," they said. "Things are gonna change and we are gonna be there when they do."

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BOOK 

Dolly Alderton’s first novel, Ghosts, follows closely from the success of her memoir, Everything I Know About Love. Exploring the painfully relatable story of Nina Dean as she navigates the world of career success, online dating and the inevitability of ageing, this novel is Alderton at her best - witty and observant, serving as a reflective voice of the modern millennial experience. 

I'm SO excited to share the cover for GHOSTS. My novel - about love and memory, ageing and identity, dads and dating, friends and family and friends with families - is out on Oct 15th @PenguinUKBooks @Fig_Tree_Books. Pre-order a signed copy @Waterstones: https://t.co/98OyHjvyp9 pic.twitter.com/zIomgIChsM

— Dolly H Alderton (@dollyalderton) May 6, 2020

ART 

Irish artist, Niamh O'Malley, was recently selected to represent Ireland at the Venice Art Biennale, an international contemporary art exhibition, in 2022. O’Malley will work closely with the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in representing Ireland at this global showcase. 

O’Malley’s works primarily centre around crafted sculpture and moving image installations, and provide a visually compelling experience for the observer, encouraging them to be in the moment and pay attention to the details of that observation - find out more here.

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