M.I.A. Just Dropped The Video For “Borders” And We’re All About That
“The world I talked about 10 years ago is still the same”, the Sri-Lankan born, East London raised Artist, M.I.A., tweeted recently.
“Borders” is taken from her forthcoming fifth album “Matahdatah” which will be a “full length album and film experience” featuring her signature politically charged pop-rap and exploring the very concept of borders.
With so on point it hurts power-chastising lyrics (“politics – what’s up with that?) wrapped up in a visually arresting video that charts the unfolding tragedy of our times – the hazardous and often fatal journey undertaken by refugees to Europe – Borders fuses eastern and western music styles, and combines powerful visual commentary on the arrival of the migration blocking borders, currently chopping up Europe.
From the flotilla of boats laden with refugees, to individuals scrambling over barbed wire fences and a human Noah’s ark, the bleached out, desolate landscape of M.I.A’s self-directed video is a poignant and clever calling out on our priorities – “We’dom (with them) smart phones. Don’t be dumb!” – before breaking it down to the essentials (“your values – what’s up with that?”) to the low hum of sirens and tap drums, and just like all the greatest examples of pop with a point to be made: a memorable hymn to a human led hell on Earth, that will stay with you.