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I've come to India with zero expectations: Nelly Furtado

December 31, 2006 17:48 IST

Canada-based singer Nelly Furtado, who has had hits like Like a bird, Forca and Powerless to her credit, is in India to perform on New Year's Eve at Andheri Sports Complex in suburban Mumbai.

The concert will also feature A R Rahman, Priyanka Chopra, Shahid Kapoor and Josh.

Nelly speaks to Komal Mehta about her concert and her new album Loose.

Will you sing in Hindi?

I don't speak so much Hindi. I sang Hindi film songs while growing up in the West Coast of Canada where there is a large percentage of Indians. Some of my Indian friends' parents trained me to sing in Hindi. I like some of Lata Mangeshkar's songs and I did perform at a temple during our East Indian Cultural Festival (laughs).

I will perform with Josh, who are from Montreal. I would like to collaborate with them and other Indian artists in the future. I'm very open to singing in Hindi.

You were supposed to act in Aamir Khan's Rang De Basanti, but it did not happen. Now, you're doing a cameo in the Canadian TV serial One life to live. Do you want a career in acting too?

Yes. Destiny works in strange ways. Things come to those who wait, I suppose. The movie was initially going to be in English and Hindi. Maybe in the future, it will be in English as well. That would be beautiful. There are a lot of people who simply adore the script and the story is unique.

I will be featured in a popular crime show in the US in January. But I can't talk about it.

What sort of turnout are you expecting for your concert in Mumbai?

I don't know what to expect, honestly. I've come to India with zero expectations. I've just come with an open mind, open heart and just want to have a good time. I don't even know what kind of audience to expect. I'm just hoping that they'll know my songs and will have a good time.

Hopefully, I'll also be able to go sightseeing while I'm here -- maybe a visit to Agra. I would love to go to Goa -- in perspective of my Portuguese heritage.

Any New Year resolutions?

To keep making better music; to grow as a musician, as an artist and to keep pushing myself to be a better person. And to continue to raise my beautiful daughter, as best as I can. Her name is Nevis Furtado Cocoquina. She is actually part Indian, and I hope I can bring her here some day.

What is easier to express -- happiness or sadness in your songs?

Both are easy for me. In my Portuguese heritage, the Fado music is very popular. It is melancholic. So, because of that I can tap into the melancholy quickly. But I'm also a very bright, cheery, almost corny person.( laughs) So happiness is easy too.

How else do you want to express yourself? What are the other avenues that you want to explore?

Perhaps writing or producing music or having my own small record company.

In Loose, that are interludes where Timberland and you are chatting in the studio. Was that intentional or spontaneous?

Our engineer and mixer tricked us. He would keep the microphone on at all hours, and we were not conscious of it. It's like reality TV where the camera is always on and then you stop being conscious of it. We didn't want to keep this veil between the artist and the listener. We wanted to include everyone in the party and that's why it's natural and spontaneous.