Brenda Fassie hologram branded a fake

2013-03-26 10:37
Cape Town - What was deemed as the resurrection of the late pop icon Brenda Fassie during this weekend's Hansa Festival of Legends, has now been slammed by many concertgoers as fake, reports Sowetan Live.

Fans were left disappointed when the imported holographic projection technology, which was also used to bring rapper Tupac Shakur to life to perform with Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2012, did not meet their expectations.

During the performance in Newton, Johannesburg, a hologram of Brenda was projected on the stage while her son, Bongani, performed alongside her. Kelly Khumalo and The Soil also joined in the 45-minute tribute performance.

Many music fans and fans of the late icon have come out to brand the performance as poorly executed.

'It looked like a tokolosh'

Some felt that the woman on the projection was not Brenda Fassie at all, and that the image was projected too far back on the stage, leaving room to question facial features. The sound during the performance was also criticised.

Angered fans took to social networking sites to express their disappointment with the performance.

One user commented saying: "I'm not sure about that Brenda Fassie hologram thou... creepy!! It looked like a tokolosh. Bongani is the best performer."

"I was disappointed because I thought it would be positioned in the middle, where everyone could see it. It looked so far," Ricky Kathilu said.

Booed off stage

Yet, among the tons of negative remarks, some fans believed the performance was impressive.

"I was personally blown away by the Fassie hologram. It was an incredible moment! #MyOpinionWeDontHaveToShareIt," TV personality Dineo Moeketsi wrote on Twitter.

Other tribute shows were also seen during the course of the evening, but not without any blunders or problems from the audience.

During her tribute performance to Lebo Mathosa, Zaki Ibrahim was booed off the stage by the audience, with many complaining that she could not connect with the crowd.

Ibrahim took to Facebook on Monday to apologise for her performance, thanking fans for their ongoing support.

"As a professional I am loathe to blaming the sound for failing. It feels like a cop-out and that's why this has been so heartbreaking," she wrote in the post.

"Entering and exiting the stage on cue as rehearsed, without knowing that my lead vocal at front of stage clipping made it look like I was underperforming. In fact, I was singing with all my heart. Lebo is the only one of her kind and can never be replaced."


  • Warren Douglas Lloyd Manning - 2013-03-26 11:35

    So the consensus is that this time round she didn't smell like cheap whiskey.. but just looked like cheap whiskey!

  • Musa Mohapi - 2013-03-26 14:37

    Play us that clip please?

  • Sihle Zondie - 2013-03-26 16:43

    IT WAS FAKE?. damn,i thot it would be the real Brenda Fassie.

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