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M.I.A., Monae perform hologram duet

Janelle Monae performs alongside holograms of M.I.A.: Photo © M.I.A., Monae perform hologram duet Photo

Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae have shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite US coasts through the magic of holograms.

M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3D projection of Monae, while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.'s likeness.

Both said they were interested in performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model.

Tupac Shakur was the first to appear onstage in hologram form, at the annual Coachella music festival in 2012. The latest duet called for more advanced technology. The two women performed together in person to help create the holograms, but each saw the results for the first time onstage.

Both are currently touring in support of albums - M.I.A.'s is promoting Matangi, while Monae's is entitled Electric Lady.

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