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Lost and Found with DJ Soul Sister – The Sound of DC Go-Go in the ’80s

Lost and Found with DJ Soul Sister – The Sound of DC Go-Go in the ’80s

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Trouble Funk, E.U., Redds And The Boys, Hot, Cold Sweat, Familiar Faces and more.

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#funk

Liner notes by DJ Soul Sister: This episode of Lost and Found features 1980s go-go from the Washington, DC, area (including parts of Maryland and Virginia), all from the original vinyl pressings. The genre of go-go refers to a style of live, funk-based music indigenous to Washington, DC, consisting of the necessary elements of conga drums, and a lead talker engaging in improvisational call and response with an audience. Live go-go shows highlight long-playing grooves and songs, whether originals, covers or improvisational vamping, bridged by breaks of the congas and other percussion instruments with the drums which “lock” together into a “pocket.” This creates the sense of one nonstop song. In his book _Funk: The Music, the People, and the Rhythm of the One_, Rickey Vincent wrote, “Go Go bands . . . delivered the strongest, hottest, truest monster funk experience of the decade of the 1980s.

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