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The reigning Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds is set to grace the stage of popular Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival which starts today and climax saturday will see Hinds sharing the stage with a slew of big name acts including Jamaica’s own Diana King.

The line-up also includes veteran singers Ron Isley, Regina Belle, trio SWV, pop idols and Maroon Five. The 15th edition of the festival will be held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.

The English born Hinds relocated to Barbados at the age of 11. She joined the Soca band, Square One right out of high school. Their first hit Ragamuffin gave the group and Alison much deserved recognition. Over time she became widely known for her energetic performances, robust vocals and unqualified musical talent. She would record 11 studio albums with the group and produce another number one single Faluma.

Hinds eventually launched her own solo career with her first album Soca Queen which produced the well-received international hit Roll it Gal.

Hinds said, “When I heard the demo I said this is it. It was meant to be; I recorded it in one take! It connected like no other song I’d done before.”

The message? “I’m telling women to take pride in themselves, don’t take any abuse, look after your kids, do your studies, believe in yourself and look to God. So many women have told me that the song lifts them up.”

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