The Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1, will present Ranky Tanky, a Charleston, S.C., based quintet, Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Ranky Tanky performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God,” while “ranky tanky” translates loosely as “work it!” or “get funky!”

The Gullah lyrics and melodies that Ranky Tanky uses range from traditional spirituals to children's rhymes and dance music. Due to its relative geographic isolation, the Sea Islands region preserved more of the West African rhythms, dialects and musical traditions than the mainland United States which, once combined with British colonial influence, emerged as the distinct Gullah culture.

Ranky Tanky's use of instruments such as electric guitar and trumpet are novel additions to Gullah music, which historically was performed using only a cappella voices and body percussion. The band released its eponymous debut in October 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross and the album soared to the No. 1 positions on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Jazz charts.

Ranky Tanky comprises South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton and Clay Ross who first came together in 1998, fresh out of university, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet; and Quiana Parler, one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists.

General admission tickets are $36 in advance at; and $38 at the door, beginning an hour prior to the start of performance.

Sponsor Camden Harbour Inn is offering a dinner, show, meet-and-greet package, featuring a 5 p.m. supper of South Carolinian cuisine at Natalie’s; as well as a package that includes a night’s stay. For more information, call 236-4200.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or