MIA has shared a series of what appear to be preview clips from her forthcoming mixtape.
Over the last week the singer-rapper has posted several clips of new music on her Instagram page, along with what looks like cover art for a mixtape called ‘Matahdartha’. See below.
MIA announced last month that she was working on a new mixtape. Though she did not reveal its title at the time, she explained that the mixtape will feature three songs and have a total running time of 12 minutes. She also described it as “a piece of work that has no boundaries and transitions” and said it will be accompanied by a short film.
Meanwhile, MIA recently claimed that she is being prevented from releasing a new music video. The artist, who was born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, detailed the situation on Twitter on May 18, suggesting that accusations of “cultural appropriation” were halting the clip’s premiere.
“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.”