D.C. indigenous Chuck Brown–known as the”godfather of go-go”–will be memorialized around town , for example in a Northeast park called in his honor; there’s also an annual Chuck Brown Day. McDuffie’s invoice comes in a time when the District, once known as”Chocolate City,” reckons with gentrification and displacement. Lately, the councilmember also pitched legislation that would demand considerations regarding racial fairness in the District government’s decisions.
McDuffie proposed the bill at the Council’s legislative meeting Tuesday. “To me and so many other indigenous Washingtonians, go-go music has become much more than just a musical genre,” he explained. “It’s the very fabric of this town’s cultural and artistic expression. In each beat of the conga or groove of this drum, the story of the District of Columbia is being advised.” The measure would require the mayor to”design and execute a program to support, maintain, and archive go-go music and its associated files and recordings,” McDuffie’s office notes.
The go-go proposal was called the Council’s committee of the whole for a hearing.
Go-go music has long been a cultural touchstone of the District, but in recent weeks, it’s been in the center of a grassroots movement known as”Do not Mute D.C.,” launched following a Shaw store was told to shut off listed go-go it had played outside its doors for decades. (The music came back on following quickly organized community protests.) Now, a brand new bill authored by Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and co-introduced from the total D.C. Council would redefine go-go since the town’s official music. It would also support humankind’s preservation.
Unanimously supported legislation would give the genre that status