MIA says she’s unable to release video filmed in Africa due to ‘cultural appropriation’ accusation

The singer took to Twitter to make the claims against her record label

MIA has claimed that she’s being prevented from releasing a new music video.

The singer, who was born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, detailed the situation via Twitter on Monday (May 18), suggesting that accusations of “cultural appropriation” were halting the clip.

“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 added 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.”

See the all the relevant tweets below. It’s not currently apparent who MIA is suggesting is preventing the video from being released.

I wanna talk about clutrural appropriation! I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa. Discuss

— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015






MIA recently shared a demo of new song ‘Platforms’. The track was uploaded to Soundcloud on May 8, before being removed. A version of the song remains on Youtube. MIA also posted a short clip of herself singing the song to Instagram.

The song is the second new track of 2015 from MIA following the release of ‘Can See Can Do’ in March.

MIA released her fourth album ‘Matangi’ in November 2013. Read the NME review here.


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