M.I.A. today releases “Matahdatah the single Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border’”. This two song release features one song from her fifth studio album Matahdatah, which will be released on Interscope Records.
Featuring “Swords” and “Warriors,” “Matahdatah Scroll 01 ‘Broader Than A Border’” is being released with an accompanying video joining the two songs together into a single piece of work. The film moves from sequences shot in India to the Cote d’Ivoire and is directed by M.I.A.
“I directed and edited my first music video for “Warriors” for my last album, MATANGI, and I held it back until now, because it inspired me to make a whole series of songs and videos on the concept of borders,” says M.I.A. “Making songs and videos at the same time out of a suitcase on location is something I did on my album KALA, but it’s video, as well as music, made by me in a very ARULAR way.”
“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.”
“The concept for this LP is ”broader then a border” and MATAHDATAH is the journal of MATANGI. Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.”
First track “Swords” is co-produced by Spanker in collaboration with M.I.A. while the Hit-Boy produced “Warriors,” originally featured on M.I.A.’s most recent album Matangi, has been included in this film to mark the seamless tie between the last LP and the new one.
“Matahdatah Scroll 01 “Broader Than A Border”” is the first in a series of 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. The individual sections will ultimately come together to form Matahdatah – a full-length album and film experience about borders.