A few days ago the famous American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur, better known as 2Pac or Makaveli, appeared on stage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. Nothing special you might say, rappers appear on stage everywhere. True. However, this rapper died in 1996 at age 25 in the hospital after having been shot in a drive-by in Las Vegas.
At Coachella, he, or rather a hologram of him, performed once again on stage. Supported by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, two ‘real’ rap colleagues, 2Pac stole the show so many years after his death. The all-too-realistic hologram of the late rapper is yet another example of the new technologies that are constantly being developed. Now it is possible to not just create a character, such as the Japanese fantasy character and singer Hatsune Miku, but also to recreate real people. Although not everyone is happy with the result, 2Pac, as he did so often in his lifetime, again got people talking about him.
Tupac performing at the 2012 Coachella Festival
Now that one of the biggest rap stars ever has been ‘brought back to life’, might it also be possible to bring back on stage reggae king Robert Nesta Marley? Might it be possible that in some time from now we can (again) see Bob Marley perform? Dancing wildly on the stage, swinging his mighty dreadlocks left and right, singing about Trenchtown and to ‘get up stand up’? Can Bob be ‘brought back to life’? Time will tell… Would you like it to happen?