WITH her second album out and climbing reggae charts around the world, Jamaican singer Etana recently wrapped up a 12-city tour of the United States, which began on May 10.
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,” a news release from her publicist quoted Etana. “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 and they won’t stop dancing.”
Regarding the US tour, Etana said that while she knew her sophomore album Free Expressions was gaining significant traction in North America, she did not expect her audiences to know all the new songs she incorporated into her set.
“People respond to the new songs just the same as the older ones,” she said. “They love them and I’m so grateful for 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 tour saw her playing in Denver, Salt Lake City, Oregon, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and other places in California.
She ended the tour with a stellar appearance at the Best of The Best Concert in Miami and is currently resting before her European tour in July.