Snoop Dogg is overshadowed by his VERY enthusiastic sign language interpreter in New Orleans

It’s not often he’s upstaged at his own concert. But Snoop Dogg was outshone by the last person he would’ve thought of: his sign language interpreter.

The 45-year-old rapper – whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr – was performing some old hits at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Louisiana, to an audience of close to 43,000 when a fan recorded a video of his sign language interpreter, which has since gone viral.

The video – which has garnered more than 13million views on Facebook – showed professional interpreter Holly Maniatty,  avidly performing sign language to the music lyrics as Snoop Dogg performed 50 cent’s P.I.M.P and DJ Khaled’s All I do is Win. 

While she seemed to perform effortlessly, Maniatty says ‘a lot of work’ – which can take about 50- 80 hours of her time – goes into preparing for a concert.

‘A lot of people have the idea that rap music cannot be interpreted,’ Maniatty said. ‘But it can be done. It’s a lot of work, but it can be done,’ she said in a 2013 interview with Vice.

Maniatty, a Hip Hop fan herself, had attended the event held on May 6 to help the hearing-impaired Hip Hop fans experience the festival.

A fan member whose attention was swayed from the rapper and onto Maniatty filmed her performance and posted it on the Facebook page of the Good Life Radio Show.

But this isn’t the first time Maniatty has gone viral. In 2013, footage of the certified interpreter emerged after a Wu Tang Clan fan recorded her performing sign language during the rap group’s concert.

Even though she has been intentionally thrust in the spotlight, she says, she’s not quite comfortable with fame.

‘It’s a little overwhelming because I don’t think of myself as in front of people. I guess I am in front of a lot of people but I’m always so absorbed in doing a good job—it’s just about the deaf patrons who are there,’ she told Vice.

There are typically about five or six deaf people in the audience when she performs.  In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which requires concert venues to provide interpreters for deaf attendees.

Music concert interpreters say they don’t merely translate the lyrics into sign language but they try to capture the artists’ musicality, movement and expressions, which means that two artists singing the very same song will have two different interpretations in sign language.
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