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Ronnie Mcintosh

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As a child, McIntosh was very much influenced by his father who was a musical arranger. “He was a very prominent musical arranger for most of the artists in Trinidad during the 1960’s onwards. He got me involved in music at the tender age of seven. I started off playing percussion in the calypso tents.”

At the age of 21 he joined Shandileer, which later changed its name to Massive Chandelier. He played percussion with the group. It was not until the vocalists left, that he volunteered to take up the spot as a singer.

“They were one of the biggest bands back in the day. They had a huge following. Then, Shandileer went through some changes with members. Carl and Carol Jacobs, Ancil Forde and Robin Imamshah left the band. So, Shandileer was basically in shambles. They were looking for a replacement for Carl and Carol, and although I had no formal training as a singer, I basically offered myself as a vocalist.”

For over a decade, McIntosh was the frontman of the band. “I was singing calypso and reggae on the frontline. Then in 1986, I got the opportunity to record my first track “As long as I get it” and then I recorded “Happy” in 1987. In 1988, we released “Shaking it” and “Do what you want” in 1989. ”

McIntosh had a series of infectious tunes while he performed with Massive Chandelier like “Whoa Donkey” in 1993 and “On de Road” in 1995 which earned him the winning title of Soca Monarch. He left the group and joined Blue Ventures in 1996. Tracks like “Ent” followed in 1997 and “How it go look” in 1998.

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