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Nova Scotia teen who sang Mi'kmaq version of 'Blackbird' meets Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney says he was a little anxious about singing "Blackbird" at a weekend concert after meeting a Cape Breton teenager who sang the song in Mi'kmaq. The British rock legend said that Emma Stevens' version in the Aboriginal language "is so beautiful" it made him nervous about performing his version. He told a large audience at Vancouver's BC Place that he'd met Stevens before the show on Saturday evening. Stevens posted a cover of the song on YouTube after she and her music teacher, Carter Chiasson, recorded it at Allison Bernard High School in Eskasoni, N.S. Stevens and her classmates recorded the song to highlight the United Nations' International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance seeks to raise awareness of threats to Indigenous languages across the world. Chiasson produced the video, and the lyrics were translated into Mi'kmaq by another community member, Katani Julian. McCartney first recorded "Blackbird'' for The Beatles' 1968 White Album. Stevens' version has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times since it was uploaded to YouTube on April 25.
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