Two of New Zealand’s finest musicians have come together to perform a stunning Simon & Garfunkel classic at a recent Christchurch benefit concert.

As many would sadly be aware, last month saw New Zealand rocked by tragedy by way of a mass-shooting at a mosque in Christchurch. With 50 victims killed in the attack, it has become the deadliest mass shooting in modern New Zealand history.

In the immediate aftermath, numerous citizens, officials, and even celebrities offered their support during this trying time for the country.

While a number of concerts were cancelled due to reasons associated with the attack, some musicians, such as Crowded House’s Neil Finn, cited the incident as the reason behind his decision to step away from social media.

However, while the shooter’s goal was to divide the country through hatred, some of New Zealand’s brightest musicians have come out to show their support at the ‘You Are Us/Aroha Nui’ benefit concert on Wednesday night.

Check out Lorde and Marlon Williams covering Simon And Garfunkel:

Taking place at Christchurch Stadium, the event featured an immense lineup of New Zealand musicians, including Dave Dobbyn, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Exponents, Shapeshifter, Six60, Shihad, and much more.

However, the evening’s most memorable performance was undoubtedly that of Lorde’s, who teamed up with Marlon Williams to deliver a mesmerising performance of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’.

Harmonising together, the pair’s vocals came together to showcase the exact sort of unity that this benefit concert hoped to achieve.

Check out Lorde and Bic Runga performing ‘Team’:

Lorde wasn’t quite done there though, closing out her two-track performance with a rendition of her hit ‘Team’, performed alongside New Zealand icon Bic Runga.

“Holy moly, this is such an incredible thing to be a part of,” Lorde said during her performance. “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.”

Check out Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’:

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