Hip-hop renegades Wu-Tang Clan will bring their killer sound to Miami during Art Basel week.
Wu-Tang’s appearance follows another music-studded edition of the III Points Festival, the art- and technology-minded festival that this year delivered performances from Gorillaz, Nicolas Jaar and the xx. Last week, III Points also announced the Miami debut of Icelandic enigma Björk, who will perform a DJ set at Mana Wynwood.
Wu-Tang joins an impressive list of performers in the recent history of III Points’ Art Basel Concert Series, which includes Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Jamie xx, FKA Twigs and Nick Murphy.
The concert will also be produced by Like Minded Events, the company behind the Off Weekend Festival, a music bash scheduled for December that touted the Wu-Tang Clan as a headliner before it was canceled. The reasons behind Off Weekend’s cancellation are unclear, but a ticket link for the festival wasn’t working as of presstime.
Wu-Tang Clan has had a busy 2017, but the influential group hasn’t dodged controversy. In early October, the group quietly debuted the album “The Saga Continues,” on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio, a collection of new tracks produced by RZA and led by the single “People Say,” featuring guest verses from longtime affiliate Redman. Notably absent from the album is disgruntled group member U-God, who filed a lawsuit in December 2016 against Wu-Tang over unpaid royalties. And it’s hard to overlook the saga of former pharmaceutical-company CEO and convicted felon Martin Shkreli, who notoriously bought the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s auctioned-off 2015 album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” for $2 million, then promptly sold it for $1 million.
The formal dates of Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 are Dec. 7-10.
For more information, go to IIIPoints.com.
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