Swords (M.I.A. song)

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Single by M.I.A.
from the album AIM
B-side "Warriors"
Released 17 August 2015 (2015-08-17)
Format Digital download
Length 2:24
Label Interscope
M.I.A. singles chronology

Music video
"Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than A Border" on YouTube

"Swords" is a song by British recording artist M.I.A.. The track was written by M.I.A., Jerry Leembruggen, Ruben Fernhout, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Tevin Plaate and Kaushal Sahil. Leembruggen and Fernhout are part of The Partysquad, who produced the song alongside M.I.A. and Spanker.[1][2][3] The track is centred around the sound of clinging swords, recorded during filming the music video, and was completed overnight during the singer's stay in India.[4]

The song was released as part of "Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than a Border"", which featured both "Swords", and the track "Warriors", from M.I.A.'s fourth studio album, Matangi. It was self-released worldwide, under exclusive license to Interscope on 17 August 2015. The song has not yet been performed live. The song is included on the deluxe edition of her fifth studio album, AIM.

Music video[edit]

The six-minute music video, which featured both "Swords" and "Warriors", was directed by M.I.A. herself and premiered exclusively on Apple Music on 13 July 2015, simultaneously with the single. Filmed in Kolhapur city of Maharashtra,India. "Swords" features female dancers performing routines with swords and sticks, interspersed with scenes of M.I.A. in a 10th-century Hindu temple and lighting a big Om sign. The video for "Warriors" was shot in Ivory Coast in West Africa and features an African dancer performing an intense choreography. M.I.A. said she had seen a footage of him on YouTube and has spent two years trying to locate him.[5] She then flew to Africa and filmed his performance.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[7]
  1. "Swords" – 2:24
  2. "Warriors" – 3:41
  3. "Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than a Border"" (video) – 5:55


Chart (2015) Peak
France (SNEP)[8] 188
US Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (Billboard)[9] 14
US Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[10] 38

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide 17 August 2015 Digital download, streaming Interscope


  1. ^ "Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than A Border"". Vevo. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than a Border" - Single". iTunes. August 17, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than a Border"". Tidal (service). August 17, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Al Horner (July 13, 2015). "MIA Slays On Sublime New Single 'Swords' - First Listen Review". www.nme.com. NME. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ Alyssa Klein (July 13, 2015). "Does M.I.A.'s New 'Broader Than A Border' Video Feature Côte d'Ivoire's Best Dancer?". www.okayafrica.com. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Daniel Kreps (July 13, 2015). "Watch M.I.A.'s 'Matahdatah' Video Featuring New Track 'Swords'". www.rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Matahdatah Scroll 01 "Broader Than a Border" - Single by M.I.A. on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ "M.I.A. DANS LES CHARTS FRANÇAIS" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "M.I.A. - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  10. ^ "M.I.A. - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.