Could Bob Marley Perform ‘Live’ Again?

Following a performance by Tupac Shakur at the recently
concluded Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States
via holographic projection, industry players locally are considering
having reggae legend Bob Marley perform again in a similar fashion.

The Weekend STAR contacted Youth Ambassador for
entertainment Graham Rowe to get his opinion on the possibility of
creating a holographic Bob Marley, and according to Rowe, such a move
would have both negative and positive
implications. 

“A holographic Bob Marley would have been both beneficial and
negative, this technology could restimulate global interest in reggae
music. People would get a chance to see a Bob Marley performance and
that is magnificent. However, some things can get played out easily and
you don’t want to play out one of Jamaica’s biggest icon. 

There is a
concept that scarcity increases value, so perhaps if a holographic Bob
Marley was allowed to go on a tour, that could reduce his legendary
status, but nevertheless, I would love to see Bob Marley performing
again. We could also include current reggae artistes to improve their
international exposure,” Rowe said. 

holographic image

Media personality and technology writer Carlette DeLeon
believes a holographic Bob Marley would be a good venture to honour
deceased performers. 

“I saw it (Tupac Shakur’s performance) and I thought that it was a
nice thing for the fans that had never seen him perform before. It
would be a good medium to honour Bob Marley and not just for him, other
legends that have passed away,” DeLeon said.

The Weekend STAR contacted lighting director John DaCosta
to get a better understanding of the technology that was used to execute
Tupac’s highly publicised performance, and according to him, the
technology was not directly a hologram. 

“It is not a hologram it is a projection called the Musion
Eyeliner which is a highdefinition video projection system designed to
create the illusion of three-dimensional moving images, using a high
definition projector to throw the image on a reflective surface which
bounces the image back on-stage. This system makes it possible for real
people and virtual persons to share the same stage,” he said.

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According to DaCosta, the lighting aspect of the projection
system is simple, however, designing Bob Marley’s image and mimicking
his movement would take time as well as professionalism. The cost of
production he said would be an estimated US$100,000. 

The Weekend STAR made several attempts to get a comment from the Marley family, however, efforts were futile.

A correspondent for the Marley family who identified herself only as Doreen, told The Weekend STAR via email, that the Marleys were not thinking about a Bob Marley holographic display at this point. 

According to a representative from Nytimes.com, (responsible for the Tupac Shakur holographic projection performance), they were in talks for a nationwide tour.

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, and
the global icon is still the most celebrated reggae artiste to ever
grace the international platform. 

Bob Marley currently holds over 38
million likes on facebook.com more than any other Jamaican artiste dead or alive. 

‘I saw it (Tupac Shakur’s
performance) and I thought that it
was a nice thing for the fans that had never seen him perform before. It would be a good
medium to honour Bob Marley and not
just for
him, other
legends
that have
passed
away.’

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