*AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND until August 27, 2021.
Originally broadcast at 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
South Carolina’s global Gullah ambassadors and Billboard chart-toppers making “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR) return to the Chautauqua Amphitheater! Since their performance here in 2018, they have released their new album Good Time and won a 2019 Grammy award for Best Regional Roots Music Album. The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by the band members who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. “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.
About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.