MIA has revealed her new audiovisual project ‘Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border’ via Apple Music.
The release is made up of two tracks and a self-directed short film which features both songs. New song ‘Swords’ is taken from her forthcoming album ‘Matahdatah’, while ‘Warriors’ has been lifted from her 2013 album ‘Matangni’.
As reported by Pitchfork, MIA gave a cryptic outline of the project, explaining that: “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.”
The accompanying film features footage shot in West Africa and India including various forms of traditional dance and appearances by MIA herself. Watch the short film via Apple Music’s tumblr post here.
MIA recently claimed that she was being prevented from releasing a new music video, suggesting that accusations of “cultural appropriation” were halting the clip’s premiere.
It is unknown whether the video released today was the video she was referring to.
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.”
The release is part of Apple Music’s exclusive music content.
The new streaming service was unveiled at the company’s developers’ conference in San Francisco on June 8 and launched on June 30. The service has secured exclusives from Eminem, Drake and Pharrel Williams, who shared his new single ‘Freedom’ via the service.