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Grammy-winning band Ranky Tanky is honoring Gullah culture | PBS NewsHour [Video]

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JEFFREY BROWN: Ranky Tanky, it loosely means get funky. And you can see and feel why it's

the right name for a band celebrating and reinventing a music of joy

and pain, rhythms brought by the enslaved from West Africa, spirituals of the Christian

church, themes that resonate today.

It includes songs many know, though you have likely never hear kumbaya quite like this,

an impromptu performance for us by vocalist Quiana Parler and trumpet player Charlton

Singleton.

WOMAN: And the Grammy goes to "Good Time," Ranky Tanky.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

JEFFREY BROWN: Fresh off winning a Grammy for the album "Good Time," a first for Gullah

music.

CHARLTON SINGLETON, Ranky Tanky: It meant a lot to me with this community, just because

of the magnitude of the whole Gullah thing.

JEFFREY BROWN: You felt you were representing something?

CHARLTON SINGLETON: Yes.

It's an honor to be here to stand on the shoulders of our Gullah ancestry.

That's representative …

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