Doja Cat brought headbanging, flames and the devil herself to Coachella’s primary stage Sunday night time, serving a headliner-worthy general performance for her solo debut at a single of the world’s most watched new music festivals.
Doing for countless numbers of screaming enthusiasts during the last hrs of the initially weekend’s slew of showcased artists, the 26-calendar year-previous dealt her hits in addition to dropping new substance: her forthcoming observe “Vegas,” which samples the vintage “Hound Puppy,” is slated to attribute in Baz Luhrmann’s film “Elvis.”
Born and elevated in Los Angeles, the performer invested decades in relative obscurity but caught marketplace awareness on the new music-sharing internet site SoundCloud.
In 2019, she burst on to the world-wide scene with her sugary disco monitor “Say So,” whose shiny music video clip was an ode to SoCal in all its warmly lit, poolside glory.
But the edition Doja Cat delivered Sunday was a rock-ahead, punk-tinged rendition, striding across the stage as she rap-growled out the initially bubble-gum bridge.
Donning thigh-large lace-up boots in iridescent pink, she wore a yellow mini that just grazed her thighs and a studded harness bra best with glittering flames.
The singer-rapper gripped her mike with a spiked elbow-duration glove, daring the group to choose their eyes off her as they jumped when she demanded they leap, screaming all the though.
– Lasers, flames, photographs –
Doja Cat, born Amala Dlamini, is the daughter of an American painter and the South African actor, composer and producer Dumisani Dlamini.
She dropped out of school at 16, devoting a great deal of her time to scouring the online for beats and instrumentals she then crafted into her have tracks.
Doja Cat is beloved for her stagecraft, creating hits both of those radio-welcoming and TikTok-established. But typically, it is her comprehensive and utter willingness to go there which is manufactured her a residence title.
She’s fostered an impression as one particular of music’s oddballs: a alluring, space-age, shimmering artist with a sharp sense of humor and social media ability that is noticed her swiftly skate past controversy even when she unleashes unfiltered — and from time to time offensive — gaffes.
Sunday’s overall performance was fresh new off of her 1st Grammy win, which she took property for “Kiss Me Much more,” her collaboration with SZA that was the ubiquituous soundtrack of 2021.
The established was hugely polished but however unafraid to get bizarre, with a plethora of outfit alterations — all of them scarcely-there, all of them booty-baring.
For her crescendoing rendition of “Tia Tamera” she introduced on rap’s punk rebel Rico Horrible, the latter snarling in a devil costume as she leered and pranced throughout the stage.
Previously the phase had absent dim before Doja Cat emerged in a zebra-print two-piece incredibly hot pant established with sashaying knee-significant boots that lent an air of Elton John.
“Go down, go down, go down, down, let me see you go to city,” she trilled, a group of dancers dressed in Grinch-esque costume gyrating all over her.
Doja Cat closed the evening with lasers and pyrotechnics, major her dancers in a raucous, leaping final frenzy — but not ahead of every person onstage took pictures.
“Coachella!” she shrieked. “Thank you! I definitely cannot believe that we’re below.”