Ranky Tanky

NC State LIVE presents Ranky Tanky. Photo by Reese Moore.Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


Pre-show Talk

Intrigued by how these musicians link Gullah traditions with a contemporary sound? Join us for a pre-show talk at 7pm with members from the band in Price Music Building, Room 110 (located directly next to Talley).

About the Performance

“Combining revered Gullah kinship with a jazz sensibility, Ranky Tanky accentuates the spirituality connected to the ring shouts and praise houses, proposing a modern rendition of their ancestral music.” – All About Jazz

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on October 20, 2017.  By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 positions 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, SC 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, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Ranky Tanky is made up of South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross who first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, 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, 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.

About the Residency

At NC State LIVE from October 18-19, 2018, Ranky Tanky will have several opportunities to interact with the campus and the community, from Gullah workshops with a public elementary school to a masterclass with a local chorus. Stay tuned for more information about this collaboration.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.