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Ranky Tanky

1 November 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Ranky Tanky, here on November 1, translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B and whose two albums were listed at number one and two on iTunes in early August. Dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler, whose “voice is in a league of its own” (NPR) is joined by a tight efficient combo in delivering the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues that mark the low country mainland and Sea Islands – music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans.