Friday, 25 September 2009
CULTURE NEWS: Etana heads to the Motherland for festival
For reggae singer Etana, the work is never done. The 24-year-old songbird has been chosen to represent Jamaica at the 2009 Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival in South Africa, where she will hit the stage at the Soweto Festival on Friday, September 25 and the Eldo Jazz Day Festival on Sunday the 27th.
Etana's participation in the week-long festival was organized as a cultural exchange through a cooperative agreement between the the governments of Jamaica and South Africa. In addition to the festival appearances, the singer will also perform at a few of the country's clubs and other venues. Although this marks Etana's first trip to South Africa, it is her third time travelling to Africa. In 2007 and 2008, she performed at shows in Gambia and Ghana respectively.
"We express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Etana for her willingness to represent Jamaica at the Arts Alive Festival," says Sydney Bartley, Jamaica's principal director of culture. "Etana continues to stand out as one of Jamaica's outstanding artists and we wish her every blessing in her career."
Recently, Etana announced a change in her management structure, whereby she is no longer a part of the Solid Agency outfit. Among her hit singles are "Roots," "Wrong Address" and "Warrior Love."