Many people was left in shock when the news broke on Friday, February 09, 2018 that Recording Artiste, “Etana” whose real name is Shauna McKenzie got a handout from Jamaica.
Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, presents Recording Artiste Etana (second right), with a cheque valued at USD 5000 on Thursday (February 8). The funds were provided, to support Etana's 32-city United States tour, through the ministry's Artiste Ambassador and Tour Support Programme. Also photographed are: Nathan Cowan, CEO, Talent Entertainment Booking Agency (right); Denzil Thorpe, Permanent Secretary (third right) and Gillian Wilkinson-McDaniel, Senior Director, Entertainment in the Ministry (second left).
Etana has been in the music business since 2000. She released her first album “The Strong One” through VP Records. She released her second album, Free Expressions, in 2011. She has toured Africa and toured Europe in 2012 and toured many countries around the world.
Her third album, the Shane Brown-produced Better Tomorrow was recorded mainly at Tuff Gong studios in 2012 and was released in February 2013. It will be preceded by a US tour. In 2013 she recorded the duet "If Tomorrow Never Comes" with New Zealand singer Swiss for his album, and it was also released as a single which hit the New Zealand top 50. Her fourth album, the Clive Hunt-produced I Rise, was released in October 2014, and entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 7, and topped the chart in its second week of release. It remained at the number one spot for four weeks. Etana is first female to top the reggae billboard chart in over fifteen years~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etana_ (musician)
It is obvious from Etana’s Curriculum Vitae that she is a veteran successful Artist and Entertainer, so we ask the question again, why do Etana needs a handout?
Etana moved to the United States in 1992 and is currently a United States citizen. We know this because in an interview with Entertainment Report (ER) not only does she publicly supported Trump, she also declared she would, at the time, vote for him. She ignorantly claimed Trump’s wife was Mexican and not white. In fact, Donald Trump’s wife is from Novo Mesto, a City in the Eastern European Country of Slovenia which its population is predominantly white
One must note that you cannot vote in the United States elections unless you are a United States citizen. Etana went on to bash and spoke down about Jamaica and said she would not live in Jamaica because Jamaica do not provide a pathway to success for its people. She went on to say Jamaica have no proper program in place to help its citizens in poverty. She passionately elaborated on how difficult it was to live there. She also mentioned that politicians in Jamaica do little for Jamaica’s development.
We are not saying that what Etana said about Jamaica is wrong. We are not saying that Etana does not have a point when it comes to some of the issues in Jamaica. What we are saying however, is, since she knows all of this, why is she taking money from Jamaica? Why is she taking money from a Jamaican politician who she claims does nothing for the people? Why is Babsy Grange giving money to Etana, a successful music artist, when there are many up-and-coming artists in Jamaica who need assistance?
This is one of the most twisted and confusing stories in the Jamaican music business. In fact, it does not make any sense.
Etana should be ashamed of herself for taking money from the same country she claimed is in dire straits and does little to help its people. She was born in Jamaica. It would be a better look if she was bringing money back to aid in the development of her own country, since she claims to care so much. What she must not do, however, is take money from the taxpayers of Jamaica.
Etana should shamefully put her ignorant tail between her legs and hand over the money to an up-and-coming Entertainer in Jamaica who really needs the assistance.