Trinidadian soca artist, Machel Montano, also known as the Soca King, thanked Barbados for recognizing Alison Hinds—also known as the Queen of Soca—as a Cultural Ambassador. Hinds recent;y received the Best BIFF Star Honouree Award. The Barbados Advocate reports:
He was speaking at the recent Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) Opening Gala at The Walled Garden Theatre, Barbados Museum & Historical Society, before presenting Hinds with the Best BIFF Star Honouree Award, which Montano was the recipient of last year.
“I feel fortunate to be part of this film family and proud to be part of this mission to develop this area. I was grateful last year to be here, but to be here this year to present ‘my sister’ Alison Hinds is truly amazing. Also, Alison Hinds becoming a cultural ambassador was great news and I thank you Barbados, not just recognising this young woman but recognising this life,” he said. “Barbados has recognised a young woman who has been in this business for years; a woman who started a career at such a young age and maintained, transformed over a period of time and also stayed with integrity, and integrity is important. It is not about being judged by what people say but what you do, and when you look at Hinds’ career she has released so many songs that changed the history of ‘soca’ – this is not easy for a woman to do, especially in a male-driven industry like soca music. Thank you Barbados for recognising the immense contribution of this young lady.”
[. . .] Addressing those present at the event, Hinds stated, “It was special for Montano to present this award; we have been friends in the business for years. I also thank the BIFF as this festival is a great opportunity for so many filmmakers to come together and exchange ideas, and I do want to do more acting. This has been an amazing week for me in my career to be presented with my instruments for Cultural Ambassador and I’m going to do my best to represent Barbados, and the region as a whole, to the best of my ability and continue to do what I’m doing. I’m humbled to be recognised for what I do…” [. . .]
[Photo above: Soca artiste Machel Montano presenting Alison Hinds with her award for the Best BIFF Star Honouree at the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) Opening Gala, which was held at The Walled Garden Theatre, Barbados Museum & Historical Society.]