David Hinds

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David "Dread" Hinds (born 15 June 1956[1] in Handsworth, Birmingham, England) is the founding member, English rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse.[2]

Born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, Hinds' parents migrated to the UK from Jamaica in the mid 1950s along with many other Jamaicans and other British Caribbean islanders to rebuild post World War II Britain. At age five, he started elementary school and completed all his schooling by 1974. During that period, the music out of Jamaica became a major influence on Hinds’ perception on life in years to come. As Hinds explained in an interview with Afropop Worldwide, "I remember each of my elder siblings coming over with the latest form of music and dance as well as what was happening socially and politically on the island."[3]

At Handsworth Wood Boys secondary school, Hinds met band co-founder Basil Gabbidon who he would later found Steel Pulse with in 1975.

Outside of Steel Pulse, Hinds has written songs for various films including "Can’t Stand The Heat," featured in the movie Do The Right Thing, directed by Spike Lee (1989). He's also released two solo singles via the France-based Heartical label. [4]