Go-Go, a genre of music specific to Washington, D.C., has cultural roots in West Africa and South America. Since its inception by the late “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown, the polyrhythmic sound has carried these influences and evolves them with each generation. Afro-Modernity in the Chocolate City brings together artists and cultural practitioners with connection to the Go-Go community and who have researched these connective threads across the African Diaspora. Afro-Modernity refers to the acts of cultural work by members of the African Diaspora to maintain traditional cultural expressions and values amid globalization, migrations, and other challenges of cultural continuity. Go-Go is a great expression of Afro-Modernity, as its roots in West Africa and South America have been sustained amid continued threats of erasure.
Join 2021 Humanitini Curator, Maleke Glee in a moderated discussion with panelists Akosua Akoto, Shaunté Gates, Diallo Sumbry, and Kweku Sumbry
This program is free; Registration is required. Registration for this program ends on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12pm.