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Ranky Tanky keeps on winning. The College of Charleston announced last week the Gullah quintet, comprised of former CofC students, were the 2020 Alumni of the Year.

“Ranky Tanky band members have established themselves as passionate global ambassadors for the South Carolina Lowcountry culture and community,” the College wrote in a statement announcing the winners. “They have introduced new audiences to Gullah music and culture throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.”

This is only the latest of honors bestowed upon Ranky Tanky in the last two years. In 2019, Mayor John Tecklenburg declared Dec. 17 to be Ranky Tanky Day in the city of Charleston. Just one month later, the band’s 2019 LP Good Time earned a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album.

To read the full list of Alumni Award recipients, check out the College’s website.