She was born on an island and has the music. It is enough. The invisible cord that unites the
pianist with that land in the language of Rapa Nui is uncut. Neither with fame, nor with
travel; the best universities; nor her album, which has reached
number one in sales. The sea is best, she says to herself, and over and again she returns to the island.
She began at the age of nine and, in only three months, the music was there, she knew it, she
understood it, she heard it from within. Until many years later, she gives concerts around
the world, which speak of a Rapa Nui odyssey.
Mahani Teave invents a school. On her island, there is art, there are traditions; they have their
own notes, their own colors, she believes. And she does it: a school where the children learn to play what
they want; they learn music. They
build it with the debris that people throw into the sea: bottles, plastic,
garbage that others throw away and that becomes the cement of a shelter, because the sound, the
melody, an orchestra and the piano are important, the pianist says to herself.
She doesn’t want to appear anything more than what she is: a Rapa Nui woman with black hair
down to her waist, her volcanic hands on the keys, a flower close to her face.
Concentrated, the language spoken by her fingers is universal, it doesn’t need
words. The body understands. She is an island woman who attracts other musicians. She is
an island woman who has risen to the top and who, looking down from above, misses her
land. She is an island woman, half Rapa Nui, half bird who, dressed in the traditional way,
puts us on the map. Mahani Teave bears only gifts and sunsets. She was born on an
island and has the music. It is enough.
Doctor in Astrophysics who is recognized around the world for her discoveries and for opening a window to the universe from Chilean skies.
Illustration: Paloma Amaya – Paloma Ilustradora
Text: Carolina Pareja - @frutillagram
Chilean architect who is building future through innovation, developing bioclimatic architecture and sustainable construction projects to improve life quality.
Illustration: Carola Josefa – @carolajosefa
Text: Julieta Marchant - @julieta.marchant
Chilean concert pianist who has brought the music and culture of Rapa Nui to the whole world, as well as teaching the younger generations at the school she has created on the island.
Illustration: Trini Guzmán – @holaleon
Text: María Paz Rodríguez - @soylarov
Chilean writer whose creativity has led to her becoming the most popular Spanish-language writer and a tireless promotor of women’s rights.
Illustration: Holly Jolley – @holly_jolley_
Text: Teresa Paneque - @terepaneque
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Illustration: Amelia Strong
Text: Constanza Michleson
Chilean ecologist and biologist who actively protects Chile’s wildlife and the planet to contribute to creating a better future for the whole world.
Illustration: Jo Jiménez – @jojimenez
Text: Claudia Andrade - @claudianadradeecchio
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Illustration: Camila Olivares – @camipepe_
Text: Isabel Ossa - @isabelossaescritora
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Illustration: Consuelo Ovalle – @polerapaint
Text: Antonella Andreani