Music pioneer shares personal letter to Lorde

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Thursday, 11 January 2018, 11:43AM

A musician has shared a personal letter written to Lorde over the controversy surrounding her now-cancelled concert in Israel.

The Kiwi pop star was scheduled to play a show in Tel Aviv later this year but cancelled it on Christmas Day following criticism from activists in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement.

Lorde said it was the right decision to cancel the show, Variety reported.

The cancellation itself sparked another wave of criticism when a full page ad was taken out in the Washington Post calling Kiwi musician Lorde a bigot and accusing New Zealand of prejudice against Israel.

It also criticised the 21-year-old for joining "a global anti-semitic boycott of Israel" but still performing in Russia.

Afterwards, more than 100 artists signed a pledge of support for Lorde in a letter published in The Guardian.

It was signed by a range of people including film director Ken Loach, musicians Brian Eno and Roger Waters and actors Mark Ruffalo and John Cusack.

Today, music pioneer Eno shared his own personal letter to Lorde, thanking her for "having the courage to make this decision".

"I think you've made a big difference and you'll be remembered for it," he wrote.

"I write as one of the millions of people who appreciate what you did."

Read the full letter below:

- NZ Herald with AAP