Where has Nelly Furtado been since the days of her 2006 hits “Maneater” and “Promiscuous”? On Nov. 30, she was on the mini-stage by the pool at The Edition hotel, where she gave a short performance of her oldies — a few new tunes, too — to the guests who’d come out to toast H&M’s artist collaboration with Alex Katz. The open bar was likely a draw as well.
“I don’t want to play all new songs, right?” said Furtado afterwards, suspiciously upbeat for having just performed in the sticky Miami Beach heat. “I totally appreciate that people want to hear certain songs too. So do I when I go to concerts.”
Furtado was already planning to be in Miami when H&M approached her about performing — she collaborated with artist Sheinina Lolita Raj, creating original scores for several of her self-portraits using Soundwall technology. That exhibit bowed at Art Basel on Dec 1.
“Art Basel is cool because it’s like the mecca of anybody who’s creative. So you can be in the high-end galleries, or just kind of be coming to express yourself and show your art,” Furtado continued. And if you’re lucky, you come out with a good story:
“My friends are from Dallas, and they drove in a U-Haul with their whole show, and their U-Haul got stolen the last night of the show,”said Furtado, recounting last year’s fair. “So they had to sell all of their pieces in the street and drive home in a car.”
And for what it’s worth, Furtado actually makes it over to the fairs to see the art.
“People focus on the parties sometimes. You know what you have to do? You just have to make a point of going [to the tents],” she said. But when asked what she was looking forward to seeing this year, she veered back to music. “I wouldn’t mind seeing Rae Sremmurd. I heard they have a concert tomorrow.”
Haven’t we all heard enough of their now-ubiquitous Mannequin Challenge theme song “Black Beatles”?