M.I.A. Says 'Cultural Appropriation' Concerns Are Holding Up Release of New Video
"I can't put out a video because it's shot in Africa."
After sharing some new music within the last few months, M.I.A. is gearing up to release her first new video in a long while -- or at least, she wants to, but someone is preventing it.
The iconoclastic artist alluded to someone preventing her from sharing the new video (her record label? Management?) on Twitter yesterday (May 18) because of concerns over cultural appropriation, as the video was filmed in Africa's Ivory Coast.
It's an interesting case, since M.I.A. is known for her aggregation of international influences (she is Sri Lankan and grew up in London), and has released a number of critically acclaimed music videos also filmed in Africa.
Read her thoughts on the situation below:
I wanna talk about clutrural appropriation! I've been told I can't put out a video because it's shot in Africa. Discuss— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
The video is 1 take shot of a dancer ! The best in the wide world! And he wasn't ever gonna make "_____got talent"— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
If the music industry allows an African artist to come through this year on intnl level, I would gladly give him this video for free.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
Fingers crossed emoji Holding breath emoji— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
The video was shot in http://t.co/Zb1lRad8yq . Took me 2 years to locate him— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com