The release is comprised of two songs, Matangi cut “Warriors” and a brand new track in the brash “Swords”. Both are accompanied by a short film that was shot in West Africa and India and features dancing men and women. Watch/listen to the entire thing below via over at Apple Music.
Update — 2:20 p.m.: According to a press release, the new project is the “first in a series of truly global and characteristically DIY M.I.A. releases over the coming months. Each bundle will feature a collection of new M.I.A. songs, each accompanied by videos directed and edited by M.I.A. herself with each video filmed in a different country.”
Altogether, these individual projects will form Matahdatah, M.I.A.’s forthcoming new album/film about borders. “The concept for this LP is ‘broader then a border’ and MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI,” the singer notes, adding, “Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.”
M.I.A. spoke at length about this first installment, saying:
“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,” continues M.I.A. “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.”