LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:
Texas University of Technologyit’s Presidential Lecture and Performance Series (PLPS) will host the Grammy-winning musical group, ranky tankyFriday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at Allen Theater in the Student Union Building (UNDER). General admission tickets for the public are $20. Texas Tech students are admitted free with a valid student ID.
“We are thrilled to kick off our spring season and close Black History Month with Ranky Tanky, based on the Gullah tradition,” said PLPS Senior Administrator Dóri Bosnyák. “Ranky Tanky recently won their first Grammy Award and performed at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. We invite you to attend this event, and feel free to sing and dance with them down the aisle!
The Grammy-winning jazz, gospel, funk, and rhythm and blues band released their self-titled debut album on October 20, 2017. By December of that year, the band had been featured on the National Public Radio (NPR) program “Fresh Air with Terry Gross”. and his album topped the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Jazz charts. “Gullah” comes from the West African language and means “a blessed people of God”. “Ranky Tanky” loosely translates to “work it up” or “get funky!” With this in mind, the Charleston, South Carolina-based quintet performs the timeless music of the Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States.
The PLPS was created in 2006 by Jon Whitmore, then president of Texas Tech. The series’ mission is to enhance the intellectual and cultural landscape of Texas Tech, Lubbock, and the Southern Plains.
(Texas Tech University press release)