Percusionist Larry McDonald has played with many artists, including Ernest Ranglin, Peter Tosh, Taj Mahal, Bob Marley and The Slackers.
The dreadlocked journeyman has played with some of the greats, including pioneer Jamaican musicians like Count Ossie, Lennie Hibbert and Carlos Malcolm during the 1960s.
Larry McDonald relocated to the United States in the 1970s, where he has worked with cutting-edge acts like blues guitarist Taj Mahal and the late African-American poet Gil Scott-Heron.
Now in his 60s, Larry McDonald lives in New York City and keeps busy playing in three bands: The Rocksteady, Dub Is a Weapon and Meta and the Cornerstones.
After nearly 50 years backing other artistes, Larry McDonald crowned his career with his first solo album 'Drumquestra'. The percussionist coined the unusual title for the crew who brought his cherished vision to life - a unique orchestra uniting generations of Jamaican drummers: Sly Dunbar, Isaiah "Stickie" Thompson, Bongo Herman, Carl McCleod, Marjorie Whylie, Alvin Haughton and three drummers from the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Royo Smith on bass, Simba Messado on repeater and Delroy "Putus" Williams on funde.
He was born in Port Maria, Jamaica in 1939. McDonald played congas with Carlos Malcolm's band, Toots and the Maytals and the Count Ossie Band. He plays a wide variety of traditional percussion instruments. McDonald has a nearly 50-year history of recording and performing with a wide variety of artists, such as Gil Scott-Heron,and Taj Mahal.
In 2009, McDonald released his first solo album "Drumquestra," which features many of his former collaborators, including Sly Dunbar, Uziah Thompson of Bob Marley and the Wailers and the former Count Ossie drummers known as the "Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari." in an orchestra of drummers. Drumquestra also featured former frontmen from bands Larry performed and recorded with, including Toots Hibbert, Bob Andy, Mutabaruka, Stranger Cole and Dollarman. The album was recorded at a live session at Harry J Studios in Kingston Jamaica by Steel Pulse producer Sidney Mills for Malik Al Nasir's MCPR label in the UAE, who released the album in 2009.
MCRP also released two singles off the album the same year, "Head Over Heels" Featuring Dollarman and Sly Dunbar and "Set The Children Free" Featuring Toots Hibbert, the latter of which was subsequently re-mixed for dance-floors by Lenny B. Shortly after the album was released, Larry was honoured in July 2011, at the 14th annual 'Tributes to the Greats' award ceremony in Jamaica, with a lifetime achievement award for his 50-year contribution to Jamaican music.