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Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut album in October 2017. By December of that year, the group had been discovered by millions of U.S. listeners after being profiled on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.
“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this Charleston, South Carolina based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.
Described by Songlines Magazine as “gifted musicians”, NPR´s All Things Considered states that “Ranky Tanky brings freshness and uplift to overlooked Americana”, and DownBeat writes: “this band can take tunes from yesterday and make them sound as lively and relevant as 21st-century electronic beats”.
Ranky Tanky has been featured at prestigious international venues such as: Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Upcoming engagements include: Wassermusik, a collaboration with Bobby McFerrin at the 5th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival, and a residency at Lincoln Center Education. Ranky Tanky is: Quentin Baxter (Drums and Percussion), Kevin Hamilton (Bass), Quiana Parler (Vocalist), Clay Ross (Guitar and Vocals), Charlton Singleton (Trumpet and Vocals).
Photo: Peter Frank Edwards
Ranky Tanky booking contact details are as follows: