Reggae’s crown princess Etana is now wrapping up her the first leg of her summer tour of the European continent bringing the sounds of reggae to the ears of tens of thousands of people as the singer makes her way through 11 countries and 14 cities on her summer Europe tour.
Etana, whose third studio album is due early next year, will be performing at some of Europe’s largest festivals, which she says is something that never gets old.
“Performing in Europe is so exciting. The people are so appreciative of our culture and our music and I still get goose bumps when the crowd sings along with me word for word,” the songbird said from her hotel room in Berlin.
“Because the album is quite ready yet, I’m not really singing a lot of new songs, so people are enjoying the show so much more. They know every song in the set list and trust me, they sing along and get involved in the performance,” she continued.
The tour started on June 22 in Lisbon, Portugal where she headlined the Musa Festival. From there, she travelled to the UK, performing in Dunstable and London in the United Kingdom . After that, Etana journeyed to Vienna in Austria, Madrid in Spain, Rotterdam in Holland, Stockholm in Sweeden, Oslo in Norway, Zurich in Switzerland and ends the first leg in Berlin, Germany on July 7.
The singer will take a break, head to the CanJam Festival in Toronto, Canada on July 21st, and then finish her tour in Europe. She resumes her tour in Birmingham in the UK, and that leg will see her heading to Benaccasim in Spain for two performances, including the Spain Rototom Festival. Etana will also make a feature performance on the Uprising Festival in Slovakia and the Chiemsee Festival in Germany.
“The way things are looking here, this is shaping up to be one of the best tours in Europe. Things are much smoother, not much hiccups. None of the dates got cancelled, and the people came out in numbers for club dates and the festivals were crazy! I won’t even mention how insane Portugal was, and I am so looking forward to Rototom in Sapin and Chiemsee in Germany”
“Because the album is quite ready yet, I’m not really singing a lot of new songs, I do however, perform songs like Reggae which is the first single off the new album, as well as separate singles released that won’t be in the album like Wifey, I’m Strong, and Beautiful Say. I try to blend the songs the best way I can with the later songs and the brand new ones and trust me, they sing along and get involved in the performance,” she continued.
Etana first emerged on the scene with powerful vocals and positive messages in singles such as Roots and Wrong Address. Those two singles catapulted her to international fame and led to her first studio album The Strong One, which yielded numerous chart-topping singles and awarded. Her second album, Free Expressions, saw the singer reaping similar success.