‘Te Ao Marama’ features five ‘solar power’ tracks sung in Lorde’s birthplace Aotearoa, or the indigenous language of New Zealand.
Lorde has released a companion EP to her latest album ‘Solar Power’, titled ‘Te Aao Marama’.
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The new EP features five songs from ‘Solar Power’ sung entirely in Te Re Māori, the singer’s birthplace, Aotearoa, or the indigenous language of New Zealand.
In ‘Te Aao Marama’, Lorde sang ‘Solar Power’ in the same language as its title track, ‘Stoned at the Nail Salon’ and ‘Fallen Fruit’. All proceeds from the EP, which also features fellow New Zealand musicians Marlon Williams and Bick Runga, will go to a NZ-based charity. forest and birds And Kavariki Charitable Trust.
Stream ‘Te Aao Marama’ below:
In a newsletter for fans, Lorde explained that in the process of creating ‘Solar Energy’ he realized that “much of my value system for caring for and listening to the natural world comes from traditional Māori principles”.
“There is a word for this in Te Reo: kaitikitanga, which means ‘guardianship or care for the sky, sea and land.’ I am not a Māori, but all New Zealanders grew up with elements of this worldview. Te Ao Māori and Tikanga Maori are a big part of why people who are not from here consider our country ‘magical’, I guess.
“I know I represent New Zealand globally in a way, and in making an album about where I am from, it was important for me to say: It makes us who we are down here.”
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Lorde released her third studio album ‘Solar Power’ on 20 August. In a five star review, Granthshala Called it “an album that grows in quieter stature with every listening, new nuggets of wisdom make their way to the surface, peeping through its beautiful instrumentation”.
“Few artists win a gold medal on every record they set, but for the third time in a row, Lorde has done it again, producing another world-beater.”