Lorde launches mini Te Reo Maori album

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The New Zealand pop star sensation Lorde has released a mini-album of tracks in Māori.

The New Zealand singer re-recorded five tracks from her Solar Power album in te reo Māori.

The small album is called Te Ao Mārama, meaning “world of light”.

The 24-year-old singer consulted a wide a range of people – including Māori elders – on the project. That included consideration of the view held by some that te reo Māori should be spoken only by Māori.

Lorde, who doesn’t speak the language, worked with translators to record the album, which has a focus on the wonders of the natural world. Māori singer Hinewehi Mohi was among those involved in the project.

The proceeds of the sales of the album will go to two New Zealand charities, Forest & Bird and Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust.

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