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Ranky Tanky

Presented by the UVM Lane Series

Ranky Tanky

UVM Recital Hall

  • Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:30 PM

Pre-Performance talk at 6:30pm

$35 adult/$5 student

“This album is without a doubt one of the greatest gifts of the year, an incredible piece of work overflowing with authenticity.”--- Afropop Worldwide

Ranky Tanky is a five-person band from Charleston, South Carolina, that plays the Gullah music of the Carolina Sea Islands. The group has been been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and their album soared to the no. 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!” Gullah music has its roots in West Africa, and, as a form, has influenced much American music, including jazz and beyond. From call and response led by their extraordinary singer Quiana Parler, to work songs, sea songs, gospel influences, and jazzy instrumentals, Ranky-Tanky are American originals who make a truly joyful noise.

Sponsors: UVM Humanities Center, University Program Board, OLLI, The Point

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