M.I.A. has debuted footage from her new audiovisual project, Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than A Border, shot on location in West Africa and India. The short film features a new track, “Swords,” and premiered on Apple’s recently launched streaming service. Watch the video in full here and read M.I.A.’s statement about the project below.
“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. 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.”