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Ranky Tanky at the Maxwell Theatre
September 24, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 7:30 pmFree – $20
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 | 12:45 PM – 7:30 PM | The Maxwell Theatre
12:45 PM: Revisited and Reimagined: A Masterclass on Regional Folk Music in a Contemporary Context with Ranky Tanky.
2:30 PM: Songs of the Sea Islands
7:30 PM: Performance
Admission to the Masterclass and Songs of the Sea Islands Workshop is free and open to the public.
Songs of the Sea Islands
Through interactive songs utilizing polyrhythms and call-and-response, critical listening and language skills,
musical play, vocal improvisation, and dance, members of Ranky Tanky will share the rich traditions of the
African American Gullah culture that has helped to shape American music today.
Their debut album topped the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes charts. Now, South Carolina’s
global Gullah ambassadors Ranky Tanky have just released their next album Good Time.
“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates
loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music
of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to
ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are
“rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.
“Soulful honey to the ears” – NPR
Ranky Tanky is presented by the Lyceum Series in coordination with the Department
of Music and is included in the Wycliffe Gordon Jazz Series at Augusta University.
Augusta University and East Georgia State College students are admitted FREE with a
valid JagCard, but must order tickets to guarantee seating. Order early for better seating.
General public: $20.00
AU alumni: $15.00
Children and students: $10.00
AU/EGSC faculty and staff: $10.00
AU/EGSC students with valid JagCard are admitted free.
AU/EGSC students may order a guest ticket for $10