Singer Mathangi “M.I.A.” Arulpragasam Releases Self-directed Video “Borders” on Refugee issues in Europe

by Harriet Gibsone

Most artists would be incapable of approaching a subject as serious as the refugee crisis in song. Not MIA, however, whose new album is on course to politicise pop once again. “The world I talked about 10 years ago is still the same,” she recently posted on Twitter. “That’s why it’s hard for me to say it again on a new LP.”

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Today, the British artist of Sri Lankan descent premiered Borders, a track that proves she remains unique in her ability to implement ideas about pop culture and important global topics. With it comes a self-directed video, which makes a compelling statement on the continuing migration crisis, chastising the response of European politicians and lamenting the arrival of border fences to keep out migrants.

The video mimics the hazardous journeys faced by migrants, showing a flotilla of boats laden with refugees. Other scenes show individuals scaling massive fences topped with barbed wire, a reference to the series of securitised border fences erected by number of countries to keep out refugees.

The track, which sonically fuses eastern and western styles, questions the fabric of modern society – politics, identities, privilege, “being bae”, “breaking the internet” and smartphones – before reducing the world down to its essentials: your values, your beliefs, your families, your power.

MIA in a scene from her video for Borders. Photograph: iTunes

Borders is the first track we’ve heard from new album Matahdatah since Swords back in July. According to a statement from her label, both songs and videos are part of “a truly global and characteristically DIY MIA project. The two pieces will ultimately come together in a larger body of work that explores the concept of Borders, an element of which will be a full-length album and film experience entitled Matahdatah.”

Her fifth record will be released on Interscope Records. Until then, you can watch the video below.Courtesy:The Guardian

Lyrics of the song:

[M.I.A]
Freedom
I don’t need ‘em
Where’s your rhythm?
This world needs a brand new rhythm
We done the key
We done them key them to lie
Let’s beat ‘em
We them smartphones done beat ‘em
Borders
What’s up with that?
Politics
What’s up with that?
Police shots
What’s up with that?
Identities
What’s up with that?
Your privilege
What’s up with that?
Broke people
What’s up with that?
Boat people
What’s up with that?
The realness
What’s up with that?
The new world
What’s up with that?
I’m gonna keep up on all that

Guns blow doors to the system
Yeah f*ck ’em when we say we’re not with them
We’re solid and we don’t need to kick them
This is North, South, East and Western

Guns blow doors to the system
Yeah f*ck ’em when we say we’re not with them
We’re solid and we don’t need to kick them
This is North, South, East and Western

Queen
What’s up with that?
Killin’ it
What’s up with that?
Slayin’ it
What’s up with that?
Your goals
What’s up with that?
Bein’ bae
What’s up with that?
Makin’ money
What’s up with that?
Breakin’ internet
What’s up with that?
Love wins
What’s up with that?
Livin’ it
What’s up with that?
Bein’ real
What’s up with that?

Guns blow doors to the system
Yeah f*ck ’em when we say we’re not with them
We’re solid and we don’t need to kick them
This is North, South, East and Western

We’re representing peeps
Let them play us on the air
When we’re talking in our sleep, does it listen on a system?
We’re sittin’ in the stoop

Where we get our scoop
This is how we keep it cool and this is how we do
We’re representing peeps
Let them play us on the air

When we’re talking in our sleep, does it listen on a system?
We’re sittin’ in the stoop
Where we get our scoop
This is how we keep it cool and this is how we do

What’s up with that?
Your values
What’s up with that?
Your beliefs
What’s up with that?
Your families
What’s up with that?
History
What’s up with that?
Your future
What’s up with that?
My boys
What’s up with that?
My girls
What’s up with that?
Freedom
What’s up with that?
Your power
What’s up with that?

Guns blow doors to the system
Yeah f*ck ’em when we say we’re not with them
We’re solid and we don’t need to kick them
This is North, South, East and Western

Guns blow doors to the system
Yeah f*ck ’em when we say we’re not with them
We’re solid and we don’t need to kick them
This is North, South, East and Western

We’re representing peeps
Let them play us on the air
When we’re talking in our sleep, does it listen on a system?
We’re sittin’ in the stoop
Where we get our scoop
This is how we keep it cool and this is how we do

We’re representing peeps
Let them play us on the air
When we’re talking in our sleep, does it listen on a system?
We’re sittin’ in the stoop
Where we get our scoop
This is how we keep it cool and this is how we do

Gonna keep up on all that
Gonna be doing it like that