The imported Holographic Projection Technology that was billed “to raise the icon from the dead” and put her back on stage, was part of the Hansa Festival of Legends that took place in Newtown on Saturday.
The hologram that performed with Brenda’s son Bongani was slammed by many music fans.
Some said they did not feel that Brenda had risen from the dead, while others claimed they could not establish if the woman on the projection was indeed Brenda Fassie.
The projected image stunned fans as it was positioned too far back and no one could even make out the facial features.
The sound system also sank what could have been a spectacular event.
Social networks were abuzz with people commenting about the hologram.
Spook said: “I’m not sure about that Brenda Fassie hologram thou… creepy!! It looked like tokolosh. Bongani is the best performer.”
Ingonyama said: “What did u expect going to the Hansa Brenda Fassie projector screening?”
Ricky Kathilu of Malberton said: “I was disappointed because I thought it would be positioned in the middle, where everyone could see it. It looked too far. As for Kelly Khumalo’s performance, it was not impressive. But I enjoyed the Soil and Bongani’s performances.”
Dineo Moeketsi represented a few fans who were impressed with the performance: “I was personally blown away by the Fassie hologram. It was an incredible moment.” .
Musicians Khumalo, The Soil and Brenda’s son Bongani performed as part of the hologram tribute. Bongani’s rendition of her mother’s Too late for mama hit definitely outshone the hologram.
Zaki Ibrahim paid tribute to Lebo Mathosa but was booed off stage because she just could not connect with the crowd.
When Boom Shaka performed It’s About Time, people started responding. But that was short-lived as Thembi Seete sang most of her lines with a microphone that was off.
Sandy Botha from Pretoria said: “I don’t understand why they chose a white woman to do Lebo’s tribute.”
The event also featured Professor, TKZee, Zakes Bantwini, DJ Kent, Teargas and many others.