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The late South African music icon Brenda Fassie is set to take the stage once again and sing with her son Bongani. Fassie, who died in 2004, is being brought back to life with holographic projection technology – a first for South Africa.
The Fassies will perform at the Hansa Pilsner Festival of Legends in Newtown, Joburg, on March 23.
A team of audiovisual experts took six weeks to create the hologram.
“Brenda’s music was the soundtrack for the lives of many South Africans who grew up in the 1980s and 90s,” said Hansa general manager Khensani Nobanda.
The 10-minute video, featuring an actress in make-up and dressed in a replica of Fassie’s sequinned blue jumpsuit, will be projected onto a special foil screen.
For Bongani it’s a chance to perform alongside his mother once again.
“I can’t even remember when my last performance with her was, it was so long ago.”
Last year, Tupac rose from the dead and stole the show at Coachella in the US, performing as a hologram alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre. In 2007, a virtual Elvis was projected on-stage during American Idol to sing If I Can Dream with Celine Dion.