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TT mas designer dies

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

TT mas designer dies

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Veteran mas designer and multiple Band of the Year winner, Wayne Berkeley has died. He was 71 years old.
Berkley died at his home in Belmont on Thursday night, on the outskirts of the capital, six days after he was discharged from the private St. Clair Medical Hospital where he was being treated for a stroke.
The veteran mas designer had won the prestigious “Band of The Year” award here on 11  occasions including six consecutive titles from 1989 to 1994,.
Berkeley, who lived for a while in London, had no formal training, noting on one occasion “I went to art schools for one year, but what they wanted me to do is what I had done all my life — draw lines and circles. What a waste of time! I did what I thought I had to do to develop my art, my own style, my own techniques”.
He will be buried on Tuesday next week.