Go-Go Is Close To Becoming The Official Music Of DC Following Unanimous Council Vote

by Raheem Karim
Go-Go Bill
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A mural decorates a building behind a MetroPCS store, Saturday, May 25, 2019 in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington. Alex Brandon / AP

Go-Go Bill Is One Step Closer For Go-Go Music To Become The Official Music Of D.C.

According to the Washington Post Go-go could very well become the official music of Washington, D.C. The Go-Go bill “Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act of 2019”, introduced by D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) was unanimously voted in favor of on Tuesday by the D.C. council. still needs to clear another council vote and be approved by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) before taking effect. McDuffie said, go-go could create jobs and be a factor in D.C. tourism or provide the basis for artists’ grants and residencies.

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Go-go is a blend of funk, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop originating in the Washington, D.C., area during the mid-60s to late-70s which remains popular in the Washington metropolitan area. Some early bands credited with having developed the style are the Young Senators, Black Heat, and singer-guitarist Chuck Brown. 1990s–2000s Go-Go Bands such as Backyard and Northeast Groovers started cover R&B and hip hop songs to appeal to younger crowds

The purpose of the bill is to preserve the music’s culture significance and its roots in the District. 30 years ago, lawmakers passed strict curfews on D.C. youths and blamed go-go concerts for contributing to crime, and gang violence.

Last year, the hashtag #DontMuteDC go-go scene after a incident a Shaw Electronics Store. The store sells and plays go-go music blasting out of its store was forced to stop playing loud music after receiving complaints from a resident of nearby luxury condos. Residents protested in the streets along with politicians and community activist. #DontMuteDC hashtag went viral. Within days the store has been able to resume playing go-go music.

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