It’s been the rhythmic African American underbelly of Washington DC for half a century, as culturally important as jazz in New Orleans, country music in Nashville or rock’n’roll in Memphis.
Yet go-go, a foot-stomping, drum-based fusion of funk, rap and R&B, has – barring a brief championing by sections of the British music press in the mid-1980s – rarely been heard outside the clubs, churches and street corners of its DC heartland. That is, until now.
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Author: Rob Walker