How oona do? (Gullah Geechee for “How are you?”)

I’m a Singer/Songwriter/Writer/Performer. My creative and performance energies for more than 30 years have filled many with cultural appreciation and celebration and also encouragement and joy!

For my original songs, writings, performances, and presentations, I’ve been recognized as a cultural preservationist. If you in any way have found meaning, understanding, \or Aha!-moments about Gullah Geechee culture or heritage through any of my efforts,
I am deeply honored!

 I’m about making a difference.
Sharing truth.
Using that “big voice” that I’ve had
since I was a young boy leading spirituals and gospel songs
in my St. Helena Island, SC, community.
Making listeners feel the lyrics and not just hear them.
Writing and performing songs with stories that are keen and piercing
and sometimes jes plain jokey (or rather, fun).

I am a recipient of the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto,
the State’s highest honor;
the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award,
given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art that has enriched the lives of the people in their community and state;
1998 Daytime Emmy Award nominee and presenter;
the 2007 South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and an inductee in the 2013 Penn Center 1862 Circle.

In addition to singing and songwriting, I enjoy speed walking and baking “Mr. Ron’s Gullahlicious Pound Cakes” (Share a slice…if you can!).

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: Ronald Daise Releases New CD Celebrating Gullah Geechee Culture | Grand Strand Arts | Myrtle Beach, SC

  2. Chérif Diallo

    Mr Daise, as a second generation Guinean living in Germany and trying to establish my position in the African diaspora, I want to congratulate you for your amazing work in preserving and expanding the Gullah Geechee culture. I came across your TED talk and felt very inspired. You have really sparked an interest in me in understanding the Gullah Geechee culture and studying its tremendous impact on general American culture and for that I want to thank you! I wish you all the success in the world in your work!

  3. George deGolian


    My name is George deGolian. I am a writer and filmmaker currently living in Alabama but originally from Atlanta. I was nominated for an Academy Award many years ago for a short film I produced titled Gullah Tales, and I have written a screenplay titled Dayclean. The screenplay is about a man who was born in the Gullah Geechee culture but fled at an early age, only to return many years later and discover himself. I worked closely with Cornelia Walker Bailey while working on the project. I would very much like to see if I could persuade you to read it, as I think you will find it compelling. I can be contacted by email at gpdegolian@gmail.com or on my mobile at 404-210-5558. I hope to have the opportunity to talk with you soon. Best –



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