For the first time in many years, Alison Hinds makes her return to Toronto Carnival at this year’s Fire Fete – the Female Edition alongside Destra Garcia. Known as the “Queen of Soca”, Alison Hinds has been a part of the Caribbean soca scene for more than 20 years, first as part of the band Square One and then as a solo artist.
Hailing from Barbados, Ms. Hinds is usually celebrating Cropover in her native land that takes place the same weekend as carnival here in the T-dot. Many Barbadian artistes tend to stay in Barbados and do shows before and after in Toronto and Montreal. However, this year, Ms. Hinds seems to have a change of heart.
One of the first popular female soca artistes, Alison Hinds made a name for herself from a young age winning and placing in many vocal competitions in Barbados. In 1987 she joined the popular band, Square One as their lead vocalist. While part of the band, they shared some amazing legendary hits that put Barbados on the map as a talented country to be reckoned with.
One of our favourites is Faluma, which until researching this article, I had no idea was soca-samba, a fusion of Brazilian Samba and soca music. This type of music had never really been produced by Bajan artists until 1999 when Square One released the song spoken in the language of the Saamaka tribe in Suriname, a song featuring the Soca-Samba bass.
Alison’s first solo album entitled SOCA QUEEN and was a diverse selection of soca tunes with hot pulsating rhythm oriented anthems. The standout hit was the song “Roll It Gal” that became an international hit between 2005 – 2006 and was released in North America, Europe and the Far East taking Alison’s music to new shores and garnering her new fans all over the world.
She has won numerous awards including…
- 2009-2010 – (IRWMA – International Reggae & World Music Awards) Winner of Best Female Vocalist (2009 & 2010) & Best Calypso / Soca Entertainer (2009)
- 2010 -Female Entertainer of the Year & Best Collaboration for “King and Queen” with Richie Spice at the Barbados Music Award’s.
- 2010 – 14th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Award in Washington DC, she was awarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Soca Music as an icon of the ’girl’s power’ movement and the most recognized female in Soca music.
On November 11, 2011 she also made her first prime time TV appearances on The Today Show’s, in a segment called ‘Where in the World is Matt Lauer?’ Alison spoke about Calypso music, festivals and even taught the host Matt a few dance moves. Most recently she was on the remix to Mr. Vegas wildly popular “Bruk it Down”.