RANKY TANKY (USA) - photo by Reese Moore

RANKY TANKY (USA)

MUSICAL TREASURE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

UNIQUE MIXTURE OF BLUES, GOSPEL, SPIRITUALS AND AFRICAN TRADITIONS.

Music of gullah is the most African part of Afro-American music with its rous in the era of slavery; a unique fusion of gospel, spirituals and African traditions. And when mentioning the most famous ones you will hear about Bessie Jones, Joe Armstrong or The Georgia Sea Island Singers choir, established in 1900. Their tradition is now followed by Ranky Tanky (Get Funky) and the voice of Quiana Parler.
The story began in 1998 when the graduates Quentin Baxter (drums), Kevin Hamilton (double bass), Charlton Singleton (trumpet) and Clay Ross (guitar, singer) – established a jazz quartet in Charleston. Later they split up. Some time ago they met again, invited a respected singer Quiana Parler and started to concentrate on the gullah culture of South Carolina.
They are preparing their album; currently they are touring and enjoying all their concerts. Which seems to be a good idea: Ranky Tanky and their music are popular not only in the States but also in Europe, where they are coming for the first time.

Photo by Reese Moore.