M.I.A. has been teasing us and releasing beautifully cinematic videos for some time now and now she’s debuting a new project called Matahdatah and even has a new video Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than A Border which was shot in West India and Africa. The video features some kickass female dancers from both locales and features M.I.A. sitting and looking fiercely among it all. The video incorporates a new song called Swords and her Matangi track Warriors. I cannot get enough of the beat and the video perfectly represents the transcendence, and may I add, some badass female representation. The visual and cinematography is stunning as per usual with all M.I.A. videos.
Here’s a statement on the project from M.I.A. herself:
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.