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The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority mourns the lack of the legendary production genius, Derek Lewis.
Derek was never an atypical man. On, and off the event site, he harnessed creativity and high standards to deliver measurable returns on investment, while constructing brand equity for the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, which he so meticulously produced for nearly 20 years, under the auspices of BET Jazz.
Derek was an exemplary leader and a ‘skilled father’ who left his mark on Saint Lucia, imparting knowledge to many apprentices 12 months after 12 months.
He was instrumental in providing event production employment opportunities abroad for a lot of Saint Lucians including musicians and technicians who are actually evolving internationally.
To have known Derek was to have hung out with a real soul, shared a warm smile along with his signature rest stick, and listen to his infectious laugh or a kabawe’ experience.
He had a profound reference to God and shared each day affirmations and encouragement with many. Moreso, he shared a deep reference to our island and was known to many from all walks of life.
On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia, we extend heartfelt condolences to the Lewis family, his clan, and family members the world over.
His legacy will continue to exist in Saint Lucia as we’ll proceed to construct on the high standards that he has established for the product once we return with the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival in May 2023.
May he endlessly rest in peace.
SOURCE: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority
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