Ronald Daise: March 2015 Artist of the Month

Author, performing artist, and Gullah culture preservationist, Ronald Daise is Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens and the former chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Co-star of Nick Jr. TV’s Gullah Gullah Island, Ronald is the recipient of the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the State’s highest honor; the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award; the 2007 South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and an inductee in the 2013 Penn Center 1862 Circle.

Ronald released a new album in 2014, Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout. Through songs and readings, he offers listeners a musical journey to understanding and appreciating Gullah Geechee culture. The album’s genre is World Music and highlighted themes include African Diaspora; the common cultural connections of food ways, language, rice heritage, crafts, music; the tragedy of enslavement; the importance of family; and the resilience of survival. Find Ronald Daise’s music here.

 

Ronald Daise’s Website

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