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The 76th Season of Concerts 2017–2018
Ranky Tanky

May 13 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court

“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, the 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.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of college, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again and are joined by one of the low country’s most celebrated vocalists, Quiana Parler, to revive a “heartland of American music” born in their own backyards.

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Photo by Reese Moore

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