Etana's been on the Reggae music scene for over 9-10 years, during that time she achieved an enormous amount of success, cementing her place in history as the 1st female Reggae artist to be nominated for a Grammy in 17 years. She's produced and distributed 8 Studio albums that saw individual successes on the Reggae Billboard Charts. Etana is a spirited and soulful singer/songwriter in the eloquent and enchanted empress Etana. Since recognizing the power of music and widespread influence, singer/songwriter Shauna McKenzie returned to her birthplace Jamaica, after being left with a negative pop industry experience. Adopting the moniker of Etana for its powerful meaning “The Strong One” in Swahili; Her strength was manifested this time around by pursuing a musical career on her own terms.
Etana’s elegantly modest Rasta-chic sartorial style is as distinctive as her sound: An audacious fusion of folk, soul, jazz, and reggae supporting a powerful vocal range suggestive of the ancestral spirit of South Africa’s Miriam Makeba. The Regality of reggae queen Marcia Griffiths and the soulful verve of Etta James. “I looked at how women were being represented in Jamaican music and how little girls were being influenced negatively by tinder surroundings, I wanted to be a positive influence and change some of the ways things were being taught” Etana Reflected.
This is concert is a co-production with ZenSocial Productions.