Tank and The Bangas premiered two new songs to celebrate Black History Month. The Grammy nominated band released “Stolen Fruit” and “Black Folk” featuring Masego and Alex Isley.
Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the band’s Frontwoman, says, “ “‘Stolen Fruit’ is basically about the slave trade. There’s ‘Strange Fruit,’ and I call this one ‘Stolen Fruit,’ because not only were the fruit strange, but they were also stolen. They weren’t from here. ‘Black Folk’ is about my love for Black people—everything that they are, everything that they do, their hair, the little girls, Jazzfest. All the beautiful things about us and the things that we like to cover up with pain, laughter, food and music, the family secrets, all of it.”
The album, Red Balloon, will feature 16 tracks with collaborations from Questlove, Lalah Hathaway, Big Freedia, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Wayne Brady, and more. New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas rose to prominence in 2017 following their unanimous NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest victory. In 2019, the band released their major label debut, Green Balloon, on Verve Forecast to widespread critical praise. Last year, Tank and The Bangas released their EP Friend Goals, featuring CHIKA, Duckwrth and PJ Morton.