MIA reveals new single ‘Borders’ – listen

The single is taken from forthcoming album 'Matahdatah'

MIA has released a new single ‘Borders’, following on from her ‘Swords/ Warriors’ videos, which were recorded in India and Africa, and released back in July.

‘Warriors’ is taken from MIA’s 2013 release ‘Matangni’, while ‘Swords’ will sit alongside ‘Borders’ on forthcoming album ‘Matahdatah’. The July release was originally made as an Apple Music exclusive. ‘Borders’ has been posted on streaming services.

MIA has revealed some cryptic information on the new album earlier this year, telling Pitchfork: The concept for this LP is ”broader than a border” and MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.”

The London rapper has also hinted that the album might include a Skrillex collaboration, via a post on her Instagram account.


Earlier in 2015, MIA, revealed that she had been prevented from posting a video due to accusations of ‘cultural appropriation’.

The artist, who was born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, detailed the situation on Twitter on May 18, “I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa,” she wrote. “What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.”

MIA explained that the video was filmed in Ivory Coast, featuring a dancer that she describes as “the best in the wide world”. She added, “If the music industry allows an African artist to come through this year on intnl level, I would gladly give him this video for free.”

MIA also tweeted about the difficulties she has with her new material in relation to world affairs earlier this week:

Listen to ‘Borders’ via Spotify, below:

The rapper also posted the single’s artwork on Instagram:


A photo posted by MIA (@miamatangi) on