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Reggae superstar Etana wowed a crowd of 10,000 screaming fans as she performed in Nairobi, Kenya at "Dobba Fest" held at the KICC grounds on March 18th.


She did a marathon 60 minute set peppered with megahits, 'Wrong Address' and 'I Am Not Afraid'. However, the highlight of her show was a tribute to the late great Bob Marley where she had the 10,000 strong audience singing 'Redemption Song'' in one clear voice. 


After her performance, the crowd chanted her name for at least a minute, 'Etana...Etana', begging for an encore, but alas, she had exhausted her full performance time. 


Reggae stars Luciano and Richie Spice also performed at the event which was a part of a youth initiative organized by Brand Afrika for the government ministry in charge of the Studio Mashinani project.


"I was involved in a couple of youth empowerment music workshops before the show where I planted trees and interacted with the youths, it was a great experience," she said. 


When she returns to the island, she will be pushing ahead with the promotion of her latest single, 'My Man', which was recorded with producer DJ Frass on his independent label, DJ Frass Records. 


" With the 'My Man' song, I wanted to counteract the bad that was emerging in Jamaica with that perception that men were rapists, perverts and abusers. I wanted to uplift and elevate the good side of men," she said. 


Etana believes that the media and other members of civil society are often only too willing to vilify males. 


"People are often too quick to criticise men and focus on the bad, but we need to elevate, uplift and encourage the good men out there, because the good men outnumber the men who do wrong, and they need to know that we appreciate them, this song can set that precedence," she said. 


Etana, who is now an independent reggae artiste following her recent release from record label VP Records,  will now assume full control of her creative process, using the Internet as her ultimate promotional tool. The artiste, who has released four albums under the label, plans to have a working relationship distributing through VPAL.


She believes that this song, 'My Man' will be a great barometer on which to judge her relevance in the marketplace. 


"The song is already being played on IRIE FM, and we will be moving to get it in the streets via mix tapes and street selectors this week...people are already asking for it," she said. 

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