Monday May 23, 2011
Kingston, Jamaica:—With her second album out and climbing reggae charts around the world, Etana embarked on a 12-city tour of the United States, which began on May 10.
The reigning princess of reggae, Etana has already performed to capacity crowds in places such as Denver, Salt Lake City and Oregon and she describes the experience as amazing. This tour comes hot on the heels of a hectic two-week tour of South America, which ended mid-April.
"South America was a good start to the summer," Etana said.
"Though we were the only dark skinned people there most of the time, race wasn't an issue and we were all one in reggae music. Ska music especially is alive and well over there, and trust me the people love reggae music bad! If you follow dem you sing all night for hours and they won't stop dancing."
Etana continued saying that while she knew her sophomore album Free Expressions was gaining significant traction in North America, the artiste did not expect for the crowds to know all the new songs she has incorporated into her performance set.
"People respond to the new songs just the same as the older ones. They love them and I'm so grateful about that. Some crowds have gone as far as to even ask me to sing certain songs in my set, like Dance off the new album or I Got You. All the crowds so far just go crazy over People Talk. They know it, love it and sing it word for word!" the excited songbird exclaimed.
"Everything about this tour so far has just been amazing. Mi excited about the vibes out here on the road. I could do another month! The clubs are always full to capacity and it is all screams during our performances. And even when both are shows are over and we walk out, people still hang around the stage."
The tour will see Etana completing performances San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and other places in California. After she ends her US west coast stint, the songstress heads to Miami for the Best of The Best Concert and comes home to rest before her European tour in July.
Fans and music lovers can keep in touch and in-tune with Etana on her website (www.etanastrongone.com) or Twitter (@EtanaStrongOne) and on Facebook (Etana)
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