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Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky
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Live! at the Library

GRAMMY Award-winning quintet Ranky Tanky comes to the Library of Congress to rock the Coolidge Auditorium with its upbeat and contagious energy. The South Carolina-based band is known for its jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B fusion arrangements of traditional Gullah music from America's Southeast. In its mini-residency at the Library, the band will explore the archives, confer with curators, record educational videos, and conclude their time with an exuberant concert. Join us for a Juneteenth celebration with Ranky Tanky.


"Freedom" (2019)
"You better mind" (2017)
"All for you" (2019)
"Let me be" (2019)
"Down in my heart" (2022)
"You gotta move" (2017)
"Turtle dove" (2017)
"Good time" (2019)
"Stand by" (2019)
"Sometime" (2019)
"Shoo lie loo" (2019)
"Lift me up" (2022)
"Beat ‘em down" (2019)
"Ranky Tanky" (2017)

Presented in cooperation with the American Folklife Center
Part of Live! at the Library

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Educational Videos and Artist Conversation

Ranky Tanky presents five short educational videos on Gullah music and culture.

Rhythmic Patterns in Gullah Music

Ranky Tanky’s Musical Influences

What is Gullah Culture?

Gullah Tradition: Raising Up a Song

From Traditional to Contemporary

Conversation With the Artists