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M.I.A. Releases a Transfixing New Short Film, "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border"

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Hot on the heels of their premiere of Drake's ~insane~ video, Apple Music's latest release is M.I.A.'s short audiovisual film "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border." The musician., who also directed the film, shot on location in India and Cote d'Ivoire to showcase distinct Indian and West African dance styles. There's an all-female sword-swinging troupe, an Ivory Coast street performer in a metallic suit, and M.I.A. posing in a fiery Hindu temple.

The film's score features "Warriors," off her 2013 LP Matangi, as well as a brand new track called "Swords." This is only the first of several more videos to come, as M.I.A.'s vision for her fifth studio album, Matahdatah, whose songs and accompanying videos focus on borders and the importance of cross-cultural exchanges. Watch the first film below:


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