Tupac ‘resurrects’ to perform in California
Considered as one of the world’s best rap acts to have graced the music stage, Tupac Amaru Shakur, known on stage as Tupac, was shot in 1996, a death that came as a big blow to the world’s music and showbiz industry.
Almost 16 years after his death, the rapper ‘resurrected’ to perform at the Coachella Music Festival in California Sunday night alongside his mates Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
The resurrected rapper, who as at 2007 had sold 75 million albums worldwide, performed two of his several hits, Hail Mary and 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted with Snoop Dogg.
Tupac’s performance drew wild cheers from a crowd who went insane as the East Harlem born rapper appeared on stage rising from the group. His exit was also a splendid. He dissipates into thin air as a light shone on him.
Also known as Makaveli, Tupac’s resurrection was achieved through a four-month collaborative effort between Dr. Dre, Digital Domain Media Group Inc., and two hologram-imaging companies, AV Concepts, with its parent company based in the US and Musion Systems based in the UK.
The All Eyez On Me singer’s successful 3D ‘hologram’ appearance on stage to the over 100,000 teeming fans who were especially stunned by his words “What up, Coachella,” before performing the Hail Mary track has ignited hopes that other renowned celebrates like Elvis Presley could also be ‘resurrected’ to perform for their fans.
The technology of bringing back artistes from the ‘dead’ to perform on stage is at its initial stage and hopes to be perfected as time goes on.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that there are talks of a tour to be headlined by the virtual Tupac image and other top acts, including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent.
(This story has been taken from AFP news )