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Ranky Tanky to be presented at NIACC’s North Iowa Community Auditoriumat 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

This news story was published on September 23, 2021.
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Samuel & Patricia Congello proudly present Ranky Tanky at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.
Ranky Tanky (a Gullah phrase for “get funky”) are five lifelong friends from Charleston, South Carolina who have established themselves as passionate global ambassadors for their local culture and community, helping to faithfully preserve the traditions originated by African Americans in the coastal South during slavery that are kept alive through the present day.

The Gullah lyrics and melodies that Ranky Tanky uses range from traditional spirituals and playful game shouts, to dance music and delicate lullabies. They take audiences on a musical journey that will have you tapping your feet and bobbing your head one song, and then move you with soaring vocals the next.

They have achieved many firsts for South Carolina’s West African-rooted Gullah community since their formation, earning yet another milestone at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards by taking home the Best Regional Roots Album prize for their sophomore release, Good Time. The album, which also hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, combines songs carried down through generations in the Sea Islands of the Southeastern United States with the band’s own original compositions in the Gullah tradition. In Ranky Tanky’s hands, this style of music has been described as “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR).

The band have been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, The Today Show, PBS Newshour, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #playathome. Ranky Tanky were honored to be featured artists in President Biden’s inauguration event, We The People. They were the subjects of a 10-page profile in Oxford American’s South Carolina Music Issue and were named 2020 Artist of The Year by the Charleston City Paper.

The safety of our patrons, performers, and staff is our top priority. Due to high levels of transmission in Cerro Gordo County and surrounding areas and at the request of our artists, all guests (over the age of three), staff, and volunteers are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Other mitigation efforts may also be in effect. Please visit or call the Box Office to stay apprised of our most recent policies.

To learn more about the show, visit or watch a video at

For tickets to the show, call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at

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