Introducing the 2021 Levitt at the Falls Season Opener – Ranky Tanky!
Join online and meet this award-winning band, as members share an evening of music and conversation on Levitt In Your Living Room. This event is in anticipation of their live performance at Levitt at the Falls, which will kick off the 2021 season of free, outdoor concerts.
The joyful and soulful Ranky Tanky will share their music and give insight into the Gullah culture and musical tradition that inspires it. Produced in partnership with South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Levitt In Your Living Room features artists with rich cultural traditions that they share with the world through their music. Watch Levitt In Your Living Room on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/levittsiouxfalls or online at: www.sd.net
Ranky Tanky is a GRAMMY award winning, Charleston, SC-based, quintet that performs timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by mixing the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B.
Their debut album was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show. It also soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes Jazz Charts. Playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, and heartbreaking spirituals can all be found on their latest release Good Time, which also offers the groups first original songs inspired by Gullah tradition and won the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots album.
The word “Gullah” comes from West Africa and means “a people blessed by God,” and “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” Learn more: www.rankytanky.com