Reggae Star Etana Chosen to Represent Jamaica in South Africa


South Florida News reports that reggae singer Etana was chosen to represent Jamaica at the Johannesburg 2009 Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, which took place this weekend. Her participation was organized as a cultural exchange through a cooperative agreement between the governments of Jamaica and South Africa and included performances at the Soweto Festival last Friday and the Eldo Jazz Day Festival yesterday.
“I am honored to be chosen as a representative of Jamaica and Reggae music in South Africa,” Etana commented on learning of her selection. “This is a chance for me to be there for the people and continue spreading the universal message of Reggae music.” Although this is her first visit to South Africa, she performed in Ghana and Gambia in 2007. Her groundbreaking song “Roots” was inspired by an encounter she had with a young boy in Gambia. Dedicated to uplifting all people through her music, traveling to Africa has greatly influenced her career and movement.
Etana has taken home numerous awards this year. Most recently, she won the “Album of the Year” award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York for her debut effort The Strong One (VP Records) and at the “Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards” (EMA). She was also a featured singer at numerous music festivals including Reggae Sumfest, Irie Jamboree and the Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba.
Etana’s latest single is “August Town.”

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