British rapper and singer M.I.A. is turning on her swagger in the Arabian Gulf in her latest video for Bad Girls.
Featuring a desert party where men in kandoorahs perform crazy car stunts, groove to beats and act all gangsta-like, the video, which premiered Friday, is already creating quite a buzz on the internet.
In one shot, M.I.A is scene coolly filing her nails sitting a top a car which is riding on two wheels. In another, gun-toting women covered from head to toe in polka dots and gold, squint from kohl-lined eyes.
The rubber-burning stunts were inspired by internet viral videos of death-defying car tricks popular in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Although meant to represent the Arabian Gulf, the video was filmed in Ouarzazate in Morocco, where Hollywood films including Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator were shot.
Directed by Romain Gavras, who worked with M.I.A. in the controversial and largely banned video for Born Free, the single will be part of the Paper Planes singer's upcoming, yet-untitled album releasing later in the year.
M.I.A. who also appears on Madonna's new single Give me all your luvin', will perform with the pop icon during the half time of the Super Bowl game in Indiana in the US on Sunday night.
By David Tusing
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