Tribute to Mas Master Stephen Derek

I attended the Mastering by the Mentors Awards Ceremony on Monday. I posted during the event, you can read that entry here.

I was really touched by the tributes that came pouring out for Stephen Derek. You got the sense, that far above his talent, he was a kind and decent man, and the most loving father, whose children miss him terribly.

It was touching, and inspirational. May he rest in peace.

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Mentoring the Masters 2016

The Minister of Culture, Community and the Arts wasn’t scheduled to be on tonight’s programme. But in light of the passing of Mentor Stephen Derek last Friday, she wanted to pay tribute to him at tonight’s award function.

Director of Culture Ingrid Ryan Ruben described Stephen Derek as a “gift to Trinidad & Tobago.” She encourages the people he mentored by showing what he taught them to the public.

The ceremony included the Jahaajee Ram – the Exiling from Ram Leela the oldest open air theatre in the Caribbean