Etana puts 'Flava' in Ganja Lovers

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Etana has reunited with hit-making producer Kemar “Flava” McGregor for her latest single Ganja Lovers.

“It's always a pleasure working with 'Flava', the vibe and the energy between us is very positive, I guess could say we gel. Working on Ganja Lovers was fun and easy, that's always the norm when 'Flava' and I link up in the studios,” said Etana.

Released on April 25 with an accompanying video, Ganja Lovers is on the producer's Streaming Hub Inc imprint.

McGregor produced some of Etana's earlier hits including, I'm Not Afraid, Free, and Happy Heart.

The reggae singer, who was nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of this year's Grammy Awards, said ganja is not a drug and should be removed from the controlled substance list in Jamaica.

“Ganja is not a drug; therefore, it should not be considered as a controlled substance because it does not have the destructive effects that heroin, crack cocaine or some of the prescribed pharmaceutical drugs have on people who use them. Ganja is medicine; it is a holy sacrament, Rastafarians and other people have been using it as a sacrament for decades,” she said.

“Jamaica has taken too long to catch up with the First World countries that are currently enjoying huge profits because they legalised marijuana. Jamaica has made some big steps in recent times with the decriminalisation of ganja, but a lot more needs to be done or else we'll always be behind the other countries that are making big bucks from the ganja business,” she continued.

In keeping with global trends, the Jamaican Government in 2015 made the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable offence, that attracts no criminal record. The law also acknowledged the constitutional rights of the Rastafari community which uses ganja as a sacrament.

Etana (given name Shauna McKenzie) is known fo hit songs including I Am Not Afraid, Wrong Address, and Blessing.


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