Music documentary

TV One releases Go-Go musical documentary “The Beat Don’t Stop”

The Rhythm Doesn't Stop (2020)

The rhythm does not stop (2020)
Photo: Courtesy of TV One

The sounds of Go-go hit the nation to another level when we all heard those conga drums in the background of “ass”By EU (Experience Unlimited) as part of Spike Lee’s school stun soundtrack. However, I didn’t really feel the purity of the native Washington, DC pride until I picked up a few friends from there, attended local parties, and watched. the crowd burst to the sound of “Night scenario»By Rare Essence (which hits!).

So the DC people I know and the strangers The same will beat their feet in anticipation of this news: The Root has learned exclusively that TV One is celebrating Black Music Month by releasing a musical documentary Go-go titled The rhythm does not stop. Chronicle of the history and legacy of DC’s beloved sound, doc will celebrate the legacy of Go-go music godfather Chuck Brown, highlight Radio One’s central role in securing a flat – musical form and more.

At a time when DC’s black community organized movements such as Do not cut the DC and #Moechella to preserve its sacred culture, such a documentary is extremely important.

“I have always sought to represent the under-represented. I’ve always given voice to the voiceless, and Go-go was really that, ”said Cathy Hughes, president and founder of Urban One in a statement to The Root. “We are proud to be a part of the history of Go-go and grateful to tell the story of the men and women who helped create and promote this incredible sound. Hughes is also executive producer of the documentary.

According to the press release:

The rhythm does not stop pays homage to the unique contribution of Go-go music to the musical landscape. It features a host of celebrities, artists, music historians and community leaders, including rapper Doug E. Fresh; members of Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, EU, Backyard Band, TOB, TCB and Maiesha and the Hip Huggers; the Beat Ya Feet Finest dance team; music historians Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and Kato Hammond; music journalists Ericka Blount and Alona Wartofsky; Don’t Mute, DC organizer Ron Moten; talent promoter and former MCA Records executive Bo Sampson; music producer Tone P; Radio One Personality Angie Ange; DJ Flexx; hip-hop artist DJ Kool; and many more.

Big Brother Konan, who hosted the country’s first daily radio show dedicated to Go-go music, on Radio One, WOL-AM, also lends his testimony to this comprehensive look at the social power and influence of this unique art form.

Go-go music is the native sound of Washington, DC, which emerged from inner city neighborhoods at the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980s. It has been widely blamed for the rise in crime and violence that crippled DC The rhythm does not stop takes viewers through this story and explains how music has served as a platform for African Americans to uplift and address issues such as class struggles, gentrification, and the impact of music on black culture.

Your body is ready, isn’t it? Well, if you want a glimpse of what kind of content you’re interested in, we’ve got you covered. The Root also got two exclusive clips from the documentary.

First up, a look at the very sound that added flavor to “The Chocolate City”:

The pace does not stop | Gogo: The Sound of DC / TV One (YouTube)

Next, we get into the roots and origins of Go-go, which of course is thanks to the homeland:

The pace does not stop | Gogo pays tribute to Africa / TV One (YouTube)

For my DC loves, save the date and be sure to plan to have some extra mumbo sauce for your “Classes”Chicken to eat while you watch. In the meantime, check out the trailer below:

TV One’s “The Beat Don’t Stop” premieres June 21 at 8 / 7C / TV One (YouTube)

The rhythm does not stop airs Sunday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET on TV one, followed by a second presentation at 10 p.m.