HE entertainment and culture ministry is dismissing a statement made by artiste manager/promoter Junior “Heavy D” Fraser that Etana is yet to receive the US$5,000 promised her earlier this year.
Fraser was a guest presenter at last Friday’s launch of the Dancehall Archives and Research Initiative at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in St Andrew. His comments came as he chastised the authorities for their lack of support for dancehall music.
“Etana nah go talk, but me will say it! All now she nuh get the money yet,” Fraser told the audience inside the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre at the UWI.
The money was allocated from the Artist Ambassador and Tour Support programme out of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who was in parliament yesterday, pointed the Jamaica Observer to her director of communications Oliver Watt, who said the funds were disbursed shortly after the announcement in February.
“I am confirming that she received the money,” Watt told the Observer.
When the announcement was made in February that Etana would have been granted US$5,000 to assist with promotion on 32-city North American tour it evoked a firestorm of public discussion. Many criticised the move and advocated that such funds should have been used for artiste development.