Southern Journey: An Afro-Americana Celebration! Featuring Ranky Tanky and special guest Dom Flemons
November 16, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Two Grammy Award-winning artists showcase the vibrant and rich heritage of African-American roots music in this unique double bill. Ranky Tanky, a toe-tapping band of native South Carolinians, mix Gullah culture and Lowcountry traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. They honor and celebrate the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues of the coastal mainland and Sea Islands—music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of the American songbook as “Kum Bah Yah” and “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore.”
Dom Flemons—known as “The American Songster” due to his mastery of early American music spanning more than 100 years—is a virtuoso on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, he won a Grammy Award for his work with that group and earned additional nominations for his solo albums, including 2018’s Black Cowboys.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Photo: Peter Frank Edwards
Sandra Strother Hudson and Cecil C. Hudson, M.D.