Etana hosts concert in Kenya this weekend | Entertainment
Grammy Award-nominated recording artiste Etana is to host the Pamoja Festival in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, marking one of the first major events in the country since a COVID-19 curfew was discontinued.
Approximately one week ago, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew which has been in place since March 2020. The country has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases. Etana, whose given name is Shauna McKenzie, named the festival from her 2021 album Pamoja which was released in June.
Speaking to a Kenyan newspaper, Ann Kananu, acting governor of the country’s capital Nairobi, commended Kenyatta for lifting the curfew and expressed that the concert “will promote the youth businesses”.
“Flea markets and local vendors will be able to market and sell their products during the duration of the event. I fully support youth empowerment and self-sustenance,” she said.
Etana, who arrived in Kenya on Wednesday, is visiting the African nation for the fourth time. The I Am Not Afraid singer expressed gratitude and joy to be able to return. She is being accompanied by several members of her band including Floyd Hussey, Miguel Anderson, Leschae Grant and Ricardo Henriques.
“It feels great to be back in Kenya. Everything was affected by COVID-19 and the promotion of new music is no different. However, it did not stop me from being creative with a strong message of unity and love,” she told THE WEEKEND STAR. The Pamoja Festival is expected to be the biggest concert at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi.
Wasting no time to meet with Kenyan officials, Etana paid a courtesy call to Kananu. They were also joined on a lunch date by Ted Kwaka, director of brand strategy and events from the Office of the President.