Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby Dolly extends warm congratulations to Eintou Pearl Springer and Machel Montano, two stalwarts of local culture who were presented with Honorary Doctorates by the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
From a young age Montano, distinguished himself as one of the leaders of the new school of soca, developing his skills as both a performer and later producer of innumerable Carnival hits both in and out of the Road March race. According to Minister Gadsby-Dolly, “Machel Montano has also carved a space for himself among the Caribbean’s most visible cultural exports and it is for this reason that the Ministry is pleased to have him on board as one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA 14, which takes place in Trinidad and Tobago in August 2019.”
Eintou Pearl Springer, retired National Heritage librarian and former poet laureate of Port of Spain is a respected elder of the arts in Trinidad and Tobago. She continues to work tirelessly for the retention, through performance, of many of our folk traditions; from Kambule to Parang. Minister Gadsby-Dolly fully endorses this decision by UTT saying that, “the Ministry was privileged to have her skills as a playwright and Master Storyteller for the 2018 edition of the Mentoring by the Masters Programme. She is a poet and historian with a wealth of knowledge on many aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture; especially our Indian and African heritage. It is an honour well deserved.”
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts extends congratulations to all 2018 UTT Honorees Roy Augustus, Alvin Corneal, Leo Martin, Machel Montano and Eintou Pearl Springer. May their years of service and commitment in their respective fields be an inspiration to another generation of Trinidad and Tobago nationals.
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