The singer/songwriter told a Chilean newspaper about her collaborations with Calle 13 and Juanes

By People Staff
February 15, 2008 12:00 PM

In an interview with Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, singer Nelly Furtado opened up about her passion for Hispanic culture. The 29-year-old artist will put her Spanish-language songs to the test on Wednesday, Feb. 20, with a performance at the Viña del Mar Festival in the South American country.

“I definitely feel Hispanic, I feel Latina,” the Canadian-born singer of Portuguese decent explained. “I have a very very strong connection with my culture. Singing in Spanish and singing in Portuguese is an extension of my love for my culture.”

The music festival will also feature performances from Juanes and reggaeton duo Calle 13, both of whom Furtado has worked with in the past. “It was a beautiful thing we did together,” the “I’m Like a Bird” singer said of her collaboration with the Colombian singer on the song “Te busqué,” from the Timbaland-produced album Loose (2006).

When asked about working with the reggaetoneros on “No Hay Igual,” another track from the disc, she said: “When I first heard Calle 13’s music, I listened to a couple songs and I loved them immediately. So I invited them to play, and they were really nice.”

The interview was given in Spanish, and at one point the interviewer complimented Furtado’s accent.