Washington DC’s go-go music hits back in fight against gentrification

The city tried for years to suppress the sound from the streets but in 2020 will finally give it official recognition

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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