Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer
Minutes after midnight on Saturday, songstress Etana took to the stage at her New Kingston location after a very lengthy delay to give patrons what they paid to see - a great performance. Despite many being at the venue from 10 p.m., the announced concert start time, many patrons were patient as they awaited the arrival of the 'strong one'. Known for her very dynamic, soulful and powerful performances, those in attendance sat enthralled, observing note after note, as she took them on a journey through hardships, peace, love and prosperity. Dressed in a white peasant shirts and green-and-white polka dot blouse, Etana worked the audience stopping and prodding the audience members from time to time. "How ya feeling tonight?' she asked. She then continued, "I'm feeling very good tonight. It's been a while since I've done a concert like this in Jamaica, but it feels very good," all this with a chuckle.
Jump-started her performance
She jump-started her performance with her liberating single titled Free, however, the music was a bit too high, overpowering her already powerful vocals. After a quick consultation with the technicians, she was again ready to go. A great start to the night's performance as she made the transition to her next single Wrong Address. This had the patrons moving fully to the front of the stage to witness a close-up with the vocalist as her voice cascaded across the small but intimate venue.
Although it was Etana in Concert, the artiste pulled songs from other artistes that went over extremely well with the audience as they sang along. Songs such as Jimmy Cliff's Harder they Come, Bob Marley's I Wanna Love You, as well as a few others. People Talk and Warrior Love especially, were two other songs that were favourites for the night as patrons were singing along word for word.
She performed another number and followed up with one of her introductory singles Roots, another favourite for the night, where she had patrons singing, rocking to and fro and standing atop chairs and having a grand time.
Rivers of Babylon and I'll Fly Away were two very spiritual numbers that went over well with the patrons, as those who had partners wrapped their arms around them and swaying from left to right as Etana brought her set to a close. At the end of it all, she left the stage with patrons longing for more and having them reluctantly leaving the Studio 38 complex.
This great performance made up for the earlier flop of the night where the Caribbean Model Search hopefuls were paraded before a very tense and uninterested audience. From the tense expression on many faces they were just anticipating the exit of each model to make way for Etana, who they knew would give a splendid performance. She did not disappoint. In the end, cheers to a Friday night well spent!