David Rajonary- Madagascar- Bass/lead and backing vocals/song arrangement
Raised Catholic, he went to church several times a week to watch his father play the harmonium and lead the church choir. At age 8, Rainy De mastered the harmonium himself, and his first performance was at his father’s church. Eventually, Rainy De picked up other musical instruments, such as the bass and guitar. By the time Rainy De turned 16, he was playing at area venues and was recognized by well-known musicians for his talent in various instruments. Playing with different artists suited him, as he never liked to be tied down with only one group. Rainy De has worked closely with many famous Malagasy artists, including Tiana, Bodo, Poopy, Top Mozika, Max Exception, and Bery Kely. In 2002, he joined the Baltimore–Washington band Ody-Gasy, playing Malagasy music with them when time permits. With Ody-Gasy, Rainy De has performed at such iconic U.S. institutions as the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Zoo. Rainy De also collaborates with famous local bands—such as Azouhouni (Ivory Coast), Razia Said (France/Madagascar), Island Boys Steelpan Calypso (USA)—that specialize in a wide range of musical styles: African, Brazilian, Caribbean, reggae, dance, Latin, and world music. While Rainy De’s specialty is the bass, he is a highly sought-after singer, drummer, guitarist, arranger, and composer and used this talent on the B-Tropical CD, "be back home". In the mid 2000's he met Yvon at a Malagasky party in Washington DC and have been friends and playing together ever since, officially joining the band in 2009.
A short promotional video featuring the B-Tropical Original song, "Take My Hand" from the newly released CD, "Be Back Home"
Power Kite Video Featuring the B-Tropical Original "Take my Hand"
Dodd Gross - PA, USA - Drums
Dodd grew up in a musical family in York Pa, USA, starting with Piano and Clarinet at young age later switching to drums. After 4 years in the US Navy, he returned home and played Drums every weekend in many types of bands from Country to Hair Band metal and always had a true appreciation and understanding for all types of music focusing on "in the pocket" drumming and the all mighty grove! Dodd took a break from music for 15 years to pursue his other passion, Sport Kites and is actually a world famous Kite Personality, USA Masters Champion, known for his Sport Kite Designs, innovative sport kite Instructional Videos and original world Class Seminars that took him across the US, Europe, Asia, and South America several times. As a Kite manufacturing consultant he worked on and off in Germany, Spain, Poland, and then China and Taiwan for 8 years. 2006 he opened a drum retail shop and began learning African/cuban percussion, African Djembe and back to basics Snare drum rudiments, began playing first in a two drummer jam band, then in a couple good local rock bands. Dodd basically stopped traveling for kites, but continued to fly kites/design, and 2009, joined a full time blues/rock band touring the east coast as drummer/vocals and manager performing 3-4 nights a week for two years, but the stress and drama began to drain his passion and love for music and equally hurt his kiting side of life. Trying to find a balance, he decided to quit. 2 days after his last gig, his old friend and former open mic co-host of 3 years, Yvon called up Dodd and asked him to fill in with a few gigs with B-Tropical, and soon after, asked him to join full time.