Classic M.I.A. is at it again; forcing us to go deep in our minds, all to classic M.I.A. catchy beats, she releases her latest politically charged single. Her compelling new music video highlights the plight of refugees. The controversial musician sits surrounded by solemn 'refugees' on a boat, for her new track Borders.
In the video, which M.I.A. also directed, she is also seen climbing barbed wire fences and then standing on a tower of uniformed refugees, before joining boatloads of 'refugees' as they travel across the water while fleeing their home countries.
The lyrics for Borders blasts governments for trying to create an 'Us v Them' mentality and for shallow Western values and indifference to the crisis.
'Borders/politics/police...broke people/boat people...what's up with that?' the artist says before launching into a chorus that is a rallying cry in support refugees.
'Guns blows doors to the system, yeah f*** 'em when they say we're not with them,' the artist says.
'This is North, South, East and Western,' she sings.
The artist shares on Twitter that her uncle was 'One of the first Tamil migrant to come to the UK in the 60s who went to inspire so many people as a creative daring man with so much swag that everything I do doesn't even touch his sides,' she wrote.
'Thank you for helping my family come to England and taking us out of Sri Lanka and saving us.
'Everything I became was to say thank you!'
Borders, which was released on iTunes on November 27, and is set to appear on M.I.A.'s upcoming album Matahdatah.