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Legendary Grammy Award-winning songwriter & percussionist Ralph MacDonald has passed

Ralph MacDonald with just two of his very many awards
Ralph MacDonald with just two of his very many awards

Global -  It is incredibly sad to learn of Ralph MacDonald’s passing in the early hours of this morning (December 18, 2011)!!  When Steel Talks extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ralph. He was a true friend, fan and ardent supporter of When Steel Talks and Pan.

Ralph’s music is world-renowned; he is the co-composer of such hits as Just The Two Of Us (Bill Withers), Where Is The Love (Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway) and Calypso Breakdown from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack - to name but a few.

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Grammy award winning songwriter Ralph MacDonald was a serious pan supporter.  His monster hit “Just the Two of Us” was written for Trinidad and Tobago.  When Steel Talks captured Ralph, Robert Greenidge, Arturo Tappin, Etienne Charles, David Spinoza, Christopher Parker, Clifford Carter, Nicholas Brancker.

Together with ace steelpan artist Robert Greenidge, Ralph was a visual and dynamic driving percussive force with the iconic Jimmy Buffet band.

His last CD, Mixty Motions was released in 2007 and featured Greenidge on steelpan.   When Steel Talks was privileged to sit down with this iconic artist in 2007 for an extended, no-holds-barred interview.  It is re-visited at the link below.
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