GOGO is the foundation of African American music for the natives of Washington DC . The culture thrives at the corner of 7th and Florida Ave., NW, which is the epicenter of the Shaw area just around the corner from T street and is also referred to as Chuck Brown Way, named after the Godfather of GOGO.
Central Communications opened its doors for the first time in the summer of 1995 and is a vibrant hub for GOGO music daily. For natives of the District it is hard to imagine how it would feel to not hear the soulful sounds of GOGO blazing at that Intersection. GOGO music creates a vibe that is unmatched for the tempo and energy experienced by all who follow it at Central Communications; as locals would say it “cranks” at that intersection.
The decisions made by T-Mobile executives and the processes of Gentrification on our block should not be allowed to eliminate our identity. We once were referred to as the Chocolate City and that has been muted; now we are faced with the threat of being forced to conform and lose the essence of our culture.
The objective of our campaign is to ensure that just like the Howard Theater and other local landmarks, we will reposition ourselves to thrive for another 25 years within our rapidly changing city.
Your contribution will create a digital streaming platform which will allow us to showcase our culture around the world and celebrate everything that is authentic about our history and our GOGO music which will help to ensure that our culture stays in our city and thrives for generations.
In the words of Chuck Brown, "IT DON'T mean a THING, if it ain’t got THAT GOGO SWING".!