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article imageMeet Holly, hip-hop ASL interpreter who upstages Wu-Tang Clan

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By Yukio Strachan     Jun 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Watch the performance of Wu-Tang Clan's ASL interpreter Holly Maniatty at Bonnaroo who MSN dubbed “the world's funkiest, most bad-ass hip-hop sign language interpreter of all time."
According to MSN, Maniatty, an ASL instructor in Portland, Maine, interpreted sets for the Wu Tang Clan, R. Kelly and others at last weekend's festivities in Manchester, Tennessee.
But it was during a super-star jam session with RZA, Method Man, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Solange, Schoolboy Q and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, that American Sign Language interpreter Maniatty "stole the show," The New York Post said. "She matched them word for word, and emotion for emotion in the front row."
Stereogum put it this way: Holly "didn't just sign every word, but put back into it."
That's why MSN's Pop Spy writer Jennifer Odell said she is "starting a campaign to get Holly an honorary seat in the Wu. 'Cause Holly the ASL interpreter ain't nothin' to [bleep] with."
On Twitter, the gifted Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who's deaf and a member of the National Association of the Deaf, tweeted, "Wu tang interpreter is rapping in sign BIG time!!"
This isn't Maniatty's first time getting noticed for her skills on stage. During the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival "Holly got Bruce Springsteen to sign onstage," MSN writes.
And last year,NOLA.com reported that Maniatty and fellow ASL interpreter Edie Jackson were team-translating Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's marathon performance of "Dancing in the Dark" on Sunday (April 29, 2012) at New Orleans Jazz Fest when something special happened: Springsteen jumped off stage and made his way over to the ASL platform and signed with them!
NOLA.com explains how it happened: In the [video below], Springsteen makes eye contact with Jackson on the translators' platform at about the 3:48 mark, then makes his move.
In this video, Jackson, Maniatty and Springsteen sign the song (close up shot).
**Check out Maniatty's work at Bonnaroo in the video above the article.**
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