On January 14th, M.I.A. was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, according to The Associated Press. She received the honor from Prince William at Buckingham Palace as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.
M.I.A. said in a statement on Instagram that she accepted the medal in tribute to her mother. “Today I’m accepting this in honour for my mother who worked for minimum wage to give us a better life,” she wrote. “As a working class first generation immigrant it’s great to be recognised for my contribution. Having freedom to speak my truth and to do it through music has helped me speak for those who do not have those privileges. I will continue [to] fight for those who are silenced or persecuted by others.” Find the post below.
M.I.A.’s documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.was released in September to theaters. The film is now available to purchase online via iTunes and other digital retailers as of Today. The documentary is directed by Stephen Loveridge and was scored by Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison. It shows a look into M.I.A.’s life as an artist with personal footage spanning over the course of her childhood to present day. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year where it was the winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award.
Watch the trailer below.
M.I.A. has announced a new song called “GOALS” and it features production from Branko, who worked on her last album AIM as well. The track is set to be out tomorrow, according to a tweet from M.I.A, she also previewed the song on Periscope back in January. She also shared the new track “P.O.W.A.” earlier this year and an alternate version of AIM’s “A.M.P.”
M.I.A. announced Matahdatah, her upcoming new album/film about borders over the summer. It is described as “truly global and characteristically DIY,” and the release will have “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,” according to an official statement.
“The concept for this LP is ‘broader then a border’ and MATAHDATAH is the journal ofMATANGI,” the singer said, adding, “Sometimes I move vertical and sometimes I move horizontal.”
There was already a preview of the LP with the audiovisual piece “Broader Than a Border,” that featured Matangi cut “Warriors” and a new song named “Swords.” Today, M.I.A.has released another installment as the beat-heavy track “Borders”. Listen below.