Lorde released a mini album of Maori songs, describing the project as “powerful” and the “starting point” of a journey.
The New Zealand singer has re-recorded five tracks from her album Solar Power in te reo maori, the native language of Aotearoa in New Zealand. It is called Te Ao Mārama, which means “world of light”.
Speaking to pop culture website The Spinoff, the 24-year-old artist said she consulted with a wide range of people – including Maori elders – about the project. This included examining the view of some that Te reo Maori should only be spoken by Maori.
“It’s a little scary to start any trip, but I guess that’s my thing; I’m at the very beginning, and this project is a starting point, “said the singer.
While some Maori artists and songwriters have many followers in New Zealand, it is rare to hear indigenous languages on commercial radio.
Lorde, who doesn’t speak the language, told the Spinoff that other than learning a few simple songs in school, she wasn’t well prepared for the in te reo recording. “It wasn’t something that was an integral part of my life, and it was something that I had a kind of sadness and a little bit of guilt about,” she said.
She worked with translators to record the album, which emphasizes the wonders of the natural world. “It was really huge when we were doing it… It was really moving. I had never had a writing or recording experience like this. It was really powerful,” she said. declared.
Maori singer Hinewehi Mohi was among those involved in the project.
“I think the most important thing is to do these kinds of projects with integrity. By eliminating all of these fears that people might have, we will have an incredible perspective of ourselves and our place in the world, and you will no longer see signs saying “stop shoving Maori down our throats”. Finally, “she said.
Proceeds from sales of the album will go to two New Zealand charities, Forest & Bird and Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust.