Etana heads to the UK in July for six shows


Reggae superstar Etana is confident that she has won over a new generation of fans after her the completion of successful ‘I Rise’ tour of the United States last month.

“I definitely broke new ground, performed in new venues, broke into new territories and won new fans. The feedback from the promoters is that the tour is going to be even bigger and  better next year,” she said.

The singer performed in 11 states, starting April 25 in Brooklyn College in New York at The Grog Shop. She closed June 14 at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Arizona, alongside Hawaiian singer Anuhea.

The three-week trek was in promotion of Etana’s ‘I Rise’ album which was released last October by VP Records.

“The fans were hardly Jamaicans or any other Caribbean. I saw a lot of Jamaicans at the Washington DC, Howard Theatre show. Otherwise, the audience was mainly African, white, Maui, Samoans, Guam, Hawaiians,” she said.

“Some were already familiar with the music and some hearing me for the first time. Great experience all around.”

Some of the shows were at venues which have hosted reggae artistes and events for years. They include The Wild Hare in Chicago, Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado and The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.

Produced by Clive Hunt, I Rise is Etana’s fourth album. The recent US tour was her third in promotion of the set, having previously performed in the US and Europe.

She is satisfied with the response to the album.

“I appreciate it being in the top 10 (of the Billboard Reggae Album chart) more than once since its release,” she said.

Etana is scheduled to hit the road again on July 15th for a month-long tour of Europe where she is set to do six dates in the UK, including the highly anticipated ‘Sisters of Reggae’ show at the Indigo 02 for which she is the headline act.

She also has a show in St. Croix later this month, and she is set for large festivals in Europe such as ‘Reggae Geel’ and the ‘No Logo’ festival.

“It’s going to be a busy Summer,” she said.

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