She did a marathon 70-minute set peppered with mega hits Wrong Address and I Am Not Afraid. However, the highlight of her show was a tribute to the late great Bob Marley where she had the audience singing Redemption Song in one clear voice.
After her performance, the crowd chanted her name for at least a minute, begging for an encore, but alas, she had exhausted her full performance time.
Reggae stars Luciano and Richie Spice also performed at the event which was part of a youth initiative organized by Brand Afrika for the government ministry in charge of the Studio Mashinani project.
When she returns to Jamaica, Etana will be pushing ahead with the promotion of her latest single, My Man, which was recorded with producer DJ Frass.
GOOD SIDE OF MEN
“With the My Man song, I wanted to counteract the bad that was emerging in Jamaica with that perception that men were rapists, perverts and abusers. I wanted to uplift and elevate the good side of men,” she said.
Etana believes that the media and other members of civil society are often only too willing to vilify males.
“People are often too quick to criticise men and focus on the bad, but we need to elevate, uplift and encourage the good men out there, because the good men outnumber the men who do wrong, and they need to know that we appreciate them. This song can set that precedence,” she said.