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Entertainer sings praises of minor talent and Richard Stoute

Orlando Hinds travels many miles yearly from Brooklyn, New York, to Barbados simply to make it for the Richard Stoute Teen Talent.

“I all the time try to come back here as often as possible because I actually love Barbados and that’s why I need
to be here,” he said.

This 12 months isn’t any different and the entertainer who was in the sport for over 35 years told Barbados TODAY that he is worked up to be on the island once more because for him it’s all about sowing seeds into the youth through his special performances.

The previous student of St Leonard’s said that he fully supports the positive work of Stoute who he met through the Mighty Grynner and he said he still looks as much as Stoute as an idol and now he’s joyful to be a featured performer throughout the Teen Talent Show. Greater than performing he said all he desires to do is to support the young performers.

“I believe it’s essential to provide them any help or support you’ll be able to give them. That’s the rationale why I considered coming here to perform because I prefer to help,” he said.

He recalled that he began singing throughout the church, back then it was the Church of God of Prophecy where he sang as a young boy.

As he got older he became an element of a neighbourhood band within the Hillaby, St Andrew community and he said from there he grew in voice and experience.

Currently living in Brooklyn, Hinds said that he’s very grateful for the assistance of Stoute and he’s also impressed with the talent locally.

“I’m certainly one of the few individuals who haven’t come through the teenager talent show but Richard tries to assist in any way that he can.

“The talent here could be very high and as I said I travel quite a bit, I am going to a variety of competitions however the talent here could be very high. I believe Barbados has a variety of talent. The children listed below are very talented,” he added.

Hinds said though that as an entertainer he hopes to see something done for the Barbadian artistes who live abroad. “We all the time have an issue getting our music pushed down here and I don’t understand why.

I might like to see them do something to get our music pushed abroad because we’re Bajans too. I believe we deserve a likelihood similar to anyone else. My music is played abroad but to get it played locally I all the time have a difficult time,” he said.

Hinds, who goes by his full name as his stage name, said he recently released Slow Down, a reggae number, and Get Down, which is a soca song. He will be found on YouTube as Orlando Hinds. (MR)

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