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Friday, June 10, 2011

African American Music Appreciation Month 2011

African American Music appreciation Month continues with...

Unless you have lived in or around the DC, Maryland and Virginia area you may not be familiar with Go-go music. Go-go is a sub-genre associated with funk that originated in the Washington, D.C. area during the mid- 1960's to late-1970s. Go-go is a blend of funk, rhythm and blues, and early hip-hop. 

A great number of bands contributed to the early evolution of the genre, but The Young Senators, Black Heat, and notably singer-guitarist Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers are credited with having developed most of the hallmarks of the style.

Listen to the Godfather of Go-Go sing one of his popular songs, Hoochie Coochie

There is little familiarity with Go-Go outside of the DMV area. After living in the District for roughly 3 years I can't say that the music has grown on me but I have grown to appreciate its significance to the DMV area. I haven't had the pleasure of going to a Go-Go yet but I plan on changing that in the coming weeks. Look for my post on that experience as I'm sure it will be interesting.

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