m.i.a's audio-visual comeback

February 15, 2017

words by: Vane Karolle

The last time we heard from Mathangi Arulpragasam was in September of last year. We vibed out to her fifth studio album, AIM, shortly after which she announced that she was considering retirement.

But not just yet.

M.I.A is back with a banger - P.O.W.A. It's all mountainous deserts, in-synced choreography, colorful togs and words rhymed with Osama Bin Laden.

From Notion Magazine:

"Set in a mountainous desert, the video opens with Maya laying in the back of a pickup truck surrounded by flowers, her face covered with a veil, before cutting to an ensemble of orange-bucket-hat-clad dancers, standing in front of a red screen, moving as one in time to the song.

The video, which was directed by M.I.A herself, draws on themes familiar to her fans, including group choreography and long shots of barren landscapes. However, the overall cinematic effect is still pretty stunning and the choreography is particularly impressive.

The track itself is similar to much of her latest material on AIM, which was billed as her final album, with a fairly minimal, footwork-inspired beat and half-sung, half-rapped lyrics that reference everything from Osama Bin Laden to genetically modified food corporation Monsanto."

Click through to watch P.O.W.A above.