M.I.A.-MatadatahWith all that’s going on in the world right now, you didn’t expect M.I.A. to sit on the sidelines did you? The singer/artist is back with a brand new audio/visual project called Matadatah, which is set to feature a bundle of songs released over a period of 8 months, each accompanied by a video filmed in a different country. Naturally, M.I.A. is handling the editing duties herself.

The first contribution to the project, “Scroll 01 Broader Than A Border” comes from West India and Africa, unveiling a new track called “Swords” and a lot of fierce fight choreography. It’s an incredible first entry that shows the singer isn’t messing around.

The second release is a video for her new track “Borders”, which features the singer traveling with refugees and lyrics that confront, head on, the current state of internet culture and activism.

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From M.I.A.: I directed and edited my first music video for “Warriors” for my last album, MATANGI, and I held it back until now, because it inspired me to make a whole series of songs and videos on the concept of borders. Making songs and videos at the same time out of a suitcase on location is something I did on my album KALA, but it’s video, as well as music, made by me in a very ARULAR way.

My new song “Swords” was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls. There’s ten more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me. “Warriors” was shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a youtube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the “Warriors” track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.

The concept for this LP is ”broader then a border” and MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.

SG