Singer M.I.A. is the latest high-profile personality to tackle the escalating global refugee crisis, using her music as an outlet.
Following the release of her new single “Borders” last week, M.I.A. has released the music video, which is just as politically charged.
The singer is seen in every frame surrounded by people scaling barbed-wire fences or lying down in boats.
The lyrics make it clear she’s talking about not only refugees, but nearly all the hot-button political issues in the world today, including police brutality, poverty and identity.
“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?”
Other lyrics tackle slightly lighter topics, including “being bae” and breaking the Internet.
The release of the new song and video comes after M.I.A. unleashed a multimedia project titled ” “Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border,” which was filmed in West Africa and India.