Since their formation, the Charleston-based GRAMMY Award-winning five-piece Ranky Tanky have established themselves as global ambassadors of Gullah music. Gullah is a centuries-old sound that has been carried down through generations in the Sea Islands of the Southeastern United States. It was originated by African Americans in coastal South Carolina and Georgia during slavery. In Ranky Tanky’s hands, Gullah music has been described as “soulful honey to the ears”; and they have been praised by NPR for “bringing freshness and uplift to overlooked Americana.” Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show and soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes jazz charts.
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