Saint Lucia’s renowned musician, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, has been selected as a judge for the 2016 Grammy awards. Hinkson has enjoyed major success as a musician, composer, producer and songwriter but this, he says, will be one of his greatest achievements. In 2013, the star guitarist was considered for a Grammy award when he released his album, “This is my Life”. However, he says it would bring him even greater joy to vote for a Saint Lucian at the Grammy’s. “I am in the process of trying to get another Saint Lucian on board and I look forward to the day when I can vote for a young Saint Lucian at the Grammy’s,” he said. According to him, his new accomplishment gives Saint Lucia and Saint Lucian musicians a greater profile internationally, quickly adding that there is still much work to be done to walk away with a Grammy award. “We have to work assiduously at what we are doing to be more competitive with the rest of the world. When we get there, I have no doubt that it will happen for one of us eventually and I hope it is one of the young ones,” he explained. Born in St. Lucia and raised on a diet of Ellington, Davis, and Coltrane, Boo’s name is synonymous with St. Lucian music. His mother, who was also an accomplished guitarist, was his first teacher. His musical career began with the Tru-Tones, a group he started in St Lucia, who commanded stages locally and internationally for two decades. Today, he is an exceptionally accomplished musician who has stayed true not only to his Jazz roots, but also to his West Indian culture. Hinkson will become the first Saint Lucian with voting rights at the prestigious 58th Annual Grammy Awards which will be held on February 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
-Stluciadailynews