David Hinds

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

Life and career[edit]

Hinds was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, to parents who 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 the age of 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 he explained in an interview on radio program 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 has also released two solo singles via the France-based Heartical label.[4]


  1. ^ "David Hinds Discography". Discogs.com. 1956-06-15. Retrieved 2015-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Steel Pulse - Reggae Legends". Andybrouwer.co.uk. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Babylon Is Falling: David Hinds on the Early Years of Steel Pulse and His Youth in England". Afropop Worldwide. 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bio: David "Dread" Hinds". SteelPulse.com. Retrieved 19 March 2014.