This videoclip, as all the work of M.I.A spread controversy and hate.
M.I.A., who also directed the video, features shots of masses of people climbing barbed wire fences and overflowing boats. In one scene beige-clad people form a human boat aground on a beach. M.I.A. has never been subtle, but she brings the refugee crisis to the forefront in a way that cannot be ignored as easily as CNN. This videoclip, as all the work of M.I.A spread controversy and hate.
Maya Arulpragasam is a famous rapper, singer, designer, producer, and refugee. When she was 9, her mother and siblings fled violence in Sri Lanka and came to London, and the experience was formative for her art. As she explained to The Guardian in 2005 after the release of her debut Arular, “I was a refugee because of war and now I have a voice in a time when war is the most invested thing on the planet. What I thought I should do with this record is make every refugee kid that came over after me have something to feel good about. Take everybody’s bad bits and say, ‘Actually, they’re good bits. Now whatcha gonna do?’” Continue reading Sunday Vibes: M.I.A. and Borders