Grammy-award winning percussionist, songwriter and producer and Trinbagonian Ralph MacDonald has died at age 67.
MacDonald is best known as the songwriter of legendary hits “Where Is The Love” and “Just The Two Of Us.”
MacDonald who had sufferd a stroke and was battling lung cancer died Sunday morning in his hometown in Connecticut, USA.
Son of Trinidadian calypsonian, Macbeth The Great, Mcdonald paid hommage to his country and its indeginous music through his work as a pannist. He has worked with pannist extraordinaire Robert “Robbie” Greenidge, Phase II Pan Groove but the world-famous Deperadoes Steel Band was his favorite band.
It was also at the of age of 17 that he secured a job with Harry Belafonte‘s steel band went on to write an album of songs “Calypso Carnival” for Belafonte in 1966.
In his stellar career MacDonald had composed for and played with the likes of Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Carole King, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Buffett, Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ashford and Simpson and Amy Winehouse.
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Ralph MacDonald’s – “Where Is The Love”