The five musicians in "Ranky Tanky" play upbeat music in the so-called Gullah tradition. The music originates from the islands off the South Carolina, Georgia and the southern part of Florida. "Ranky Tanky" translated into English is Get Funky and funky it gets to the point when this band embarking on their furious mix of Gullah, gospel, jazz and R & B. Gullah music from the quite isolated islands, was more African than the African-American music on the mainland.
It revolves around playful and hypnotic rhythms that make all generations eager to bring their dancing shoes to the Magic Mirror tent when "Ranky Tanky" play. Between the playful rhythms, we cool down with lyrical songs. The audience get to witness an exotic music that both seem unusual and familiar simultaneously to ensue swinging hips and nodding heads.
Gullah tradition was the basis for the groundbreaking film "Daughter of the Dust" directed by Julie Dash (1991) and has recently gained attention through Beyonce's "Lemonade" with visual elements inspired by scenes in the film.
Recently the band played at the festival Global Fest, and was in the press referred to as big surprise of the day.
Charlton Singleton - trumpet, Quiana Parler - vocals, Clay Ross - guitar / vocal, Kevin Hamilton - bass, Quentin Baxter - drums.