The Portland, Maine, woman has become a bit of an online celebrity thanks to countless videos of her energetically signing for — and sometimes even upstaging — music superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Mumford and Sons, U2, Beastie Boys and Wu-Tang Clan, sharing the experience of music with audience members who cannot hear.
Deaf actress Marlee Matlin tweeted a link of Maniatty rapping at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this summer.
"Wu tang interpreter is rapping in sign BIG time!!" she wrote.
To prepare for each concert, Maniatty, who holds degrees in both American Sign Language linguistics and brain science and has a first-degree black belt in taekwondo, studies her musician clients and learns their lyrics, dialect, posture and moves.
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