Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky Thursday Showcases Womex 2018  by Eric van Nieuwland, licensed under CC by 2.0

Fast Facts

  • Ranky Tanky was formed in 2016 by 4 musicians who had previously played in a jazz quartet after college in 1998. 
  • The band reunited with the vision of creating a new sound inspired by the history of their home in South Carolina and added Quiana Parler as their vocalist. 
  • The ensemble focuses on jazz-influenced arrangements from Gullah culture, who were descended from enslaved people in the lowcountry of the southeast and the nearby Sea Islands. 
  • “Ranky Tanky” is a Gullah saying roughly translating to “work it” or “get funky”
  • Debuted their first full-length album Ranky Tanky in 2017 and their second album Good Time in 2019.
  • Ranky Tanky was awarded a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album in 2020 for their album Good Time.
  • Performed at the Biden/Harris “We are One” inaugural event.