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Ralph MacDonald

Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: March 15, 1944 | Died: December 18, 2011    

Ralph MacDonald

Grammy-award winning percussionist, songwriter and producer Ralph MacDonald was born in Harlem, NY in 1944. As the son of Trinidad-immigrant and Calypso performer “Macbeth The Great,” Ralph grew up amidst the rise of Calypsonian revolution in New York City. The young boy was often placed playfully on his father's drums for a moment or two and, when he got older, MacDonald dreamed of someday achieving the regional success of his father.

At 17, Ralph helped a friend carry his steel drums into an audition for legendary performer Harry Belafonte. The friend got the gig, and MacDonald became a regular at rehearsals. When one of the players in Belafonte's Steel Band was late for a rehearsal, Ralph brashly declared his ability to play, and wound up getting the job....
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  • Counterpoint

    Savoy Jazz
    1995
  • Surprize

    Savoy Jazz
    1985
  • Polygram's "Surprize" That'll Make You "Smile"

    Savoy Jazz
    1985
  • You Need More Calypso

    Savoy Jazz
    1985
  • Universal Rhythm

    Savoy Jazz
    1984
  • I Need Someone / Discolypso

    Savoy Jazz
    1979
  • The Path

    Savoy Jazz
    1978
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