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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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Albums

Mixty Motions
Mixty Motions
Self Produced
2007
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Counterpoint
Savoy Jazz
1995
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You Need More Calypso
Savoy Jazz
1985
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Surprize
Savoy Jazz
1985
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Polygram's "Surprize"...
Savoy Jazz
1985
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Universal Rhythm
Savoy Jazz
1984
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Videos

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