Lorde took the stage Tuesday night to perform a special cover with Marlon Williams during the “You Are Us/Aroha Nui” benefit concert for the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attacks in March. The pair performed a duet of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic No. 1 hit “The Sound of Silence.”
The two native New Zealanders traded harmonies on the haunting 1965 classic as Williams gently plucked along on the acoustic guitar. Following the tune’s closing notes, Lorde took a moment to publicly stand in solidarity with the victims of the Christchurch shooting — which claimed 50 lives and injured 50 others — and with the region’s devastated Muslim community.
“Holy moly, this is such an incredible thing to be a part of,” she told the solemn crowd. “I want to say how moved I have been by what I’ve seen in Christchurch this last month. I also want to say to our Muslim community, to our brothers and sisters, you have been so strong and so resilient and so graceful, and we are with you. And this is our way of standing beside you, from here on out.”
Lorde also performed her 2013 hit “Team” during the benefit concert. Watch footage of her duet with Williams below.