“Regardless of how often you travel overseas for shows, it’s always a special feeling to perform for your home crowd,” Etana says, flashing her signature winning smile. “And I am looking forward to Saturday’s show,” she says.
So far, Etana has collected all of six awards — including the highly coveted ‘Album of the Year’ from the EME Awards — for the stellar word she did last year, and she is also nominated for other awards internationally.
Still beaming, she says, “All these accolades have made me feel very humble and give me strength to carry on and work even harder than before.”
Known for songs such as Warrior Love, Blessings, Wrong Address, which are all on her brilliant debut album, The Strong One, the uber conscious Etana is smoothly and confidently claiming her share of the musical pie, while representing female artistes in a way that has rarely been seen before.
Scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Red Stripe Live has a stellar line-up of reggae/dancehall artistes and musicians, along with a production team that is second to none. An integral part of the line-up, too, is the dancers who have proven time and again their ability to excite and entertain an audience.
Among the dances will be the winner of the Hype Awards Dancer of the Year title, Mystic. Known for her relaxed yet energetic style of dancing, the very talented Mystic has numerous video and a few television commercial appearances to her credit.
“Dancing is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she says and as such she makes the stage her home and vows to give fans another memorable performance at Red Stripe Live on Saturday.
The event, which will be staged under the patronage of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, will include a band assembled by Dean Fraser with musicians from C-Sharp and the backing bands of Beres Hammond, Stephen Marley and Jimmy
Cliff. Among the other artistes on the showcase are Ernie Smith, Toots, Assassin and I-Octane.