Thursday, 20 December 2012

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: Full of energy and wisdom, Etana brings the curtains down on ‘Behind the Screen’ series

SOUL REBEL: The singer thrills a packed house.

One of the hallmarks of a great live performance is the art of establishing a give-and-take connection, a sturdy rapport with your audience. Etana does this masterfully. The mega-talented singer-songwriter dazzled and enchanted a hundreds-strong crowd inside Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records this past Tuesday night as she served as the final act in the widely successful ‘Behind The Screen’ concert series. 

Oozing an infectious confidence while sporting a Bob Marley-inspired tye-die top, denim skirt and a soulful afro, the singer (and glowing mommy) established such a tight bond with her patrons that the performance truly became a lively sing-along affair. 

By the time I got to Tracks & Records (at minutes close to 11pm), the strains and lyrics of “Roots” could be heard reverberating throughout the venue. But the night’s most thrilling moments were to come, as Etana launched into wonderful renditions of popular and new singles like “Better Tomorrow” (the title track off her upcoming album); the gritty anthem “Wrong Address”; and such longtime fan favourites as “I Am Not Afraid.” 

Other highlights included a heartfelt slice of “Reggae,” the title cut from her recently released three-track EP, about her passion for the music, and a powerful take on “Fly Away Home,” a fitting selection to bring the show to a strong close. 

Overall, the night saw a confident, dynamic delivery by the songstress who hadn’t performed on home soil in months and whose commanding alto never fails to seduce and excite – whether she’s treating listeners to those melodious tunes or engaging them in a wised-up talk about self-love and empowerment, two universal themes that continue to define Etana’s music and her mission.

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