In-Depth interview with Ralph MacDonald

January 7th, 2008

PanOnTheNet.com has recorded an interview with long-time Coral Reefer percussionist Ralph MacDonald.

Percussionist Ralph MacDonald is visual and sometimes quietly intense but always expressive, and is a compendium of unique island and conventional percussive rhythms. The When Steel Talks (WST) crew was privileged to sit down with the dynamic musician in his Stamford, Connecticut home and preview Mixty Motions, his newest CD before its release.

MacDonald has done a lot of interviews, but only here with WST, in addition to the detailed look at Mixty Motions, does the world get the inside scoop on his full relationship with the steelpan, and his intimate connection with what is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, and hear him proudly proclaim that his favorite orchestra is the mighty Desperadoes Steel Orchestra nestled in the hills of Laventille.

Check out the interview here.

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Ralph MacDonald: TAIT (Part 3)

April 3rd, 2007

Time After Island Time welcomes back the World’s Foremost Precussion player, Ralph MacDonald for the third and final part on this series. This episode is the most important, as we get to really know Ralph MacDonald and his philosophy. We talk about the inspiration behind some of his songs and also about one that Buffett sang on Club Trini Late Night Live, “Come On In.”

Mr. MacDonald talks about what he likes to do when not on the road, the importance of physical fitness and being mindful of one’s health. He talks about music’s role as a language that everyone can understand. Mr. MacDonald really opens up on this episode, in a very serious way, but at other times light-hearted. Get a first-hand look into not only Ralph MacDonald the songwriter, producer, and performer, but also Ralph MacDonald the man. I learned a lot more from Ralph, than about music.

Hear Ralph’s solo music, his compositions he wrote as a youngster for Harry Belafonte, and some covered by other musicians. Also hear a rarer cut of Jimmy, Ralph and the Reefers jammin’ at a rehearsal.

Tune into Time After Island Time from anywhere in the world on Radio JimmyDreamz.

Wednesday 9am – April 4, 2007
Thursday 4pm – April 5, 2007
Saturday 8pm – April 7, 2007
**All broadcasts are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)**

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Ralph MacDonald on Time After Island Time

March 21st, 2007

Part one of the three part Ralph MacDonald radio special airs on Time After Island Time. Aside from being one of my all-time favorite artists, Ralph MacDonald has a number of credits. Three Grammys, NARAS MVP Award for 1979-1988, and the composer of songs that are a part of our collective memory.

Ralph MacDonald is an extraordinairy SONGWRITER, PRODUCER and PRECUSSIONIST having written such songs as “Just the Two of Us” and “Where is the Love.” He has also been the conga player in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band for around 2 decades. He has recorded and produced with many artists from Paul Simon, George Benson, Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Buffett, Roberta Flack, Dr. John, Frank Sinatra and I could go on all day. He has 8 of his own albums which are all truly phenomenol.

For more information on Ralph MacDonald visit his website at:

Be sure to listen in from anywhere in the world on Radio JimmyDreamz at www.radio.jimmydreamz.com

Monday 1pm – MARCH 19, 2007
Wednesday 9am – MARCH 21, 2007
Thursday 4pm – MARCH 22, 2007
Saturday 8pm – MARCH 24, 2007
**All times are Eastern**

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