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The New Zealand singer wanted to pay tribute to her origins with a mini-album released by surprise.

Lorde surprised Friday September 10, 2021 by releasing “Te Ao Marama”. The 24-year-old New Zealander, who has been discreet in recent years, includes five tracks from her album “Solar Power”, released on August 20, 2021, in Maori, the native language of the New Zealand people. The singer worked with three translators to transcribe her lyrics as closely as possible from English to Maori, reports “The Spinoff”.

“I’m not Maori, but all New Zealanders grew up with their philosophy. With this record on my roots, it was essential to say: this is who we are down there, ”said Lorde, who finds this language“ insanely beautiful ”. And to add: “Even if you do not understand it, you will have pleasure to listen to the elegance of the sound of the words.” This outing coincides with “Te Wiki o Te Reo”, the week of celebration of the Maori language.

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