M.I.A. has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind. That’s especially been true with the artist’s most recent string of releases: November’s “Borders” addressed the refugee crisis and February’s “Boom ADD” referenced her infamous 2012 Super Bowl controversy.
Today, M.I.A. continues to use music as a vehicle for her opinions on society and culture with not one, but two brand new songs in “MIA OLA” and “Foreign Friend”. Both comment on immigration and borders and come with this SoundCloud description: “TO ALL MY FLYPIRATES and DJS – THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT !!!! LIVE FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER OLA !!!! MIA ON THE WAVES.”
As Stereogum points out, “MIA OLA” features a sample of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” and a nod to M.I.A.’s Kala track “Bamboo Banga”. It’s unclear whether these are standalone tracks or will later appear on an upcoming M.I.A. album. In the meantime, I’d personally love to see M.I.A. take down Donald Trump and his stupid wall idea…
Stream both songs below.
In related news, the official stream for Baauer’s M.I.A.-featuring track “Temple” dropped yesterday; check it out.