Ranky Tanky is Quiana Parler, vocalist; Quentin Baxter, drums;, Kevin Hamilton, bass; Charlton Singleton, trumpet/vocals; and Clay Ross, guitar/vocals. The group consider itself “protectors of the tradition.” They sing hymns, party anthems and children’s songs into infectiously rocking numbers. work songs and game songs and praise songs, shouts, and spirituals which all add up to sound and tradition known as Gulla, based on the music of the descendants of slave who live in the Lowcountry along the coast of southeastern US.Ranky Tanky – which means work it or get down – brings that infectious Gullah sounds to 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival. Charles Singleton speaks for the quintet.
Ranky Tanky or "Funky Dance" I believe goes back to around the Civil War times. It's a super fun movement song for the kids. I mom was thoughtful enough to send me this link with more info: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-ranky-tanky-means.html
Weez talks with Quiana Parler-lead vocalist of Ranky Tanky & we listen to a song from their new album Good Time. Catch Ranky Tnaky at the VAPC in Beaver Creek Sat. Oct. 5 for the Underground Sound Series.
H. Bosh Jr. brings Ali Willis and ElijahTillery to talk about E.C.W.A. Construction Union Local 102, Willie Terry returns for another inspirational Labor Talk, correspondent Mark Dunlea reports on the Sheridan Hollow Alliance for Renewable Energy, the Youth Interns stop in for a conversation, and WOOC kingpin Steve Pierce interviews Ranky Tanky.
In November 2019, Ranky Tanky was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for Good Time. In January 2020, this South Carolina-based band, won a Grammy. Ranky Tanky takes a modern approach to the traditional sounds of Gullah music which derives from the culture and traditions of the West African slaves of the sea islands of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina.