Ranky Tanky, Charleston, S.C.
3:45 p.m. Bridge View Stage
Four Gullah descendants and “one disciple” joined forces to celebrate and continue the traditions of West African music through a contemporary lens. Ranky Tanky, loosely translated from the Gullah language as “get funky,” celebrates the rich history of Lowcountry music and the culture of enslaved West Africans, whose mixture with English culture formed the basis of the Sea Island music. Somewhere between jazz and traditional spirituals, the music of Ranky Tanky is deeply spiritual, ghostly, moving and beautiful.