It was only 9 a.m. but D.C. mayor Vincent Gray was already swaying his head from side to side and raising his hands in the air to a Go-Go beat at the urging of producer Elise Perry and the music of rapper DJ Kool.
It is not a great video as Gray moves awkwardly, but he was a good sport during Wednesday filming of a cameo in a Go-Go video to be released by the R&B group “Kindred the Family Soul.”
“When you think of Washington D.C. and what is special and unique, Go-Go is special and unique to the city,” Gray said.
“As far as we know Go-Go was created right here in the District of Columbia. It is part of our city,” Gray said. “When you think of Go-Go you think of Chuck Brown and all of the outstanding artists that he has helped.
Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon make up Kindred the Family Soul. The couple are part of Philadelphia’s neo Soul movement that include artists like Jill Scott. Graydon is a D.C. native and the video features Chuck Brown, the godfather of the genre.
“Anyone who grew up in the 80s and the 90s wants to pay homage to a somewhat under appreciated genre of music,” said Perry, adding that the video will accompany the song “Going to the Go-Go.” It is included on the Kindred’s latest album, Love Has No Recession, which was released this past summer.
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