Born on November 7:
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor known professionally as Lorde (1996, New Zealand)
Know the name, not the music. Had read/heard about her re-recording five of her songs in the Maori language. (npr, “what lordes te reo maori songs mean for the effort to revive the language” heard on All Things Considered, September 21, 2020; transcript)
All proceeds from TE AO MĀRAMA will go to two amazing NZ-based charities— Forest and Bird and Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust. https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/abou…
Translated by Sir Tīmoti Kāretu Vocals by Dame Hinewehi Mohi Background Vocals by Lorde, Bic Runga, Hana Mereraiha & Hēmi Kelly Art by Rei Hamon Special Thanks to Dame Hinewehi Mohi & Sir Timoti Kāretu for overseeing the project
After listening to these two songs, I plan on exploring Lorde’s music.
Roberta Joan Anderson, known professionally as Joni Mitchell (1943: Canada). I am far more familiar with Mitchell’s music. Distilling her discography to a song or two is extremely difficult.
These are from the first Mitchell album I wore the grooves out: Court and Spark. I have mantras/groundings/encantations based on lyrics from several songs on this album.
Interestingly, the Wikipedia article on Mitchell, lists a number of musicians/singer-songwriters who have been influenced by her, including Lorde (note 120: “Lorde: ‘I want to be Leonard Cohen. I want to be Joni Mitchell'”. The Guardian. June 17, 2017. Archived from the original on November 13, 2020. Retrieved December 1, 2020.)
Here’s to the women of song!
November 8, 2021 at 7:35 am
I am with you here, the music is amazing in the Maori , such a talented woman and I am very drawn to women of song 💜
November 12, 2021 at 3:48 am
Language is so important. It’s how a people, a culture survives. So many languages are lost. So sad.
November 12, 2021 at 5:49 am
So very true 💜