MIA and Janelle Monáe have performed a virtual duet, appearing as holograms on each other’s stage at shows taking place simultaneously on either coast of the USA.
Appearing for the launch of the new Audi A3, Monae performed at Quixote Studios in Los Angeles and MIA appeared in SIR Stage37 in New York last night (April 3).
Fan-shot footage, which can be seen below, shows Monae’s hologram on MIA’s stage joining in with a performance of the British singer’s ‘Bad Girls’ – the final song of her set. In Los Angeles, Janelle Monáe concluded with ‘QUEEN.’, which featured a verse performed by a hologram of MIA.
It is reportedly “the first hologram performance with integrated video mapping” and “utilises 3D projection mapping to add layered depth of field perception with animated graphic content, the result of which will be an electric never-before-seen 3D bi-coastal performance”.
During her performance, MIA told the crowd her gold-banded metallic leggings were “hologram friendly”.
Janelle Monáe this week recorded a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’. Her version of the track, which you can listen to below, is being used to soundtrack a global Pepsi Max FutbolNow commercial featuring Monáe on the streets of 2014 World Cup host city Rio De Janeiro, alongside a number of footballers including Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Agüero and Lionel Messi.
Speaking to NME, Monáe said: “I’m a huge David Bowie lover and comrade and he has been part of my musical DNA for quite some time. The song just emboldens me as an artist and I wanted to embolden the people as well. It makes me feel as though we can break through any chains we may have shackling us as a humanity. It’s very hopeful and inspirational, and I think we can never have enough of that.”