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Etana confirms Kenyan tour

Jamaican reggae artist Etana, genuine name Shauna McKenzie, declared last week she was excited for her Kenyan tour. This is after the release of her new project titled Pamoja (a Swahili word interpreted as 'together'). From that point forward, her fans have been searching for tickets. 

The show has likewise been confirmed for October 30 by The Kulture, an occasions stable that will host the singer at the Waterfront, Nairobi. 

The announcement that comes three months after the praised star delivered her eagerly awaited 16-track collection that intensely features Kenyan and African artistes. 

The collection has joint efforts by Wyre the love Kid, Naiboi and Michael Bundi – all from Kenya – just as Nandy from Tanzania, Wezi from Zambia and Ghana's Stonebwoy. 

Others are Jamaican dancehall ruler Vybz Kartel and Yahsha, also from Jamaica. During its delivery in June, Etana admitted that that Kenya had been its fundamental wellspring of motivation. 

The project features her cover form of Fadhili William's exemplary melody 'Malaika', a hit that has since seen versions by singers like Mariam Makeba transform it into a global hit. 

It is a Swahili enhanced collection that comes after her last year's super Gemini project and Reggae always that got her a Grammy nomination in 2018. 

Her visit will be the first major arrival by a global VIP in Kenya since march last year when the first case of Coronavirus was accounted for in the country. It flags a potential return of top notch shows that Nairobi has been known to host. 

The Kingston-born singer, 37, has had a long and deep love relationship with her Kenyan fans. The bond began back in 2012 when she acted in Nairobi while she was pregnant. This was followed by her thriller return in 2016, a return tour that saw the show tickets get sold out. The show attended by an estimated 6,000 individuals. 

Known for hits, for example, 'Love Songs', 'I'm Not Afraid', 'Weakness in Me' and 'People Talk', the Strong One – as she is prominently referred, was the third on the rundown of Top Most Streamed International Artistes in Kenya last year, coming on the heels of Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj who took position one and two, separately. 

"I saw Kenya's love in 2016 and I saw it before that in 2012 when I performed while I was pregnant. However, in May 2019, it turned out to be obvious to me that Kenya is my second home. The turnout was more than anticipated and the thunder that accompanied melodies like Weakness In Me, Love Song, I'm Not Afraid, people Talk and others was once in a while so loud that I was unable to hear myself. I just allowed them to sing. I performed for two strong hours," Etana is quoted as having told Jamaican publication Gleaner during a recent interview.

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