#DontMuteDC Supports Go-Go Music Despite Neighborhood Complaints

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Some residents in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC want to turn off the funk at a historically Black corner, but support for the sound has swelled in recent days.

According to DCist.com, Donald Campbell has been playing go-go music from a Metro PCS storefront at the intersection of 7th Street and Florida NW since 1995. Phone carrier T-Mobile — which now owns Metro PCS — contacted Campbell nearly a month ago to shut down the speakers.

“They said, ‘get rid of the music,’” he told DCist. “It came from up top that we had to get rid of it.”

Go-go is a musical subgenre tied to funk and hip-hop which has roots in the Washington, DC area. Originating in the mid ‘60s, go-go is the city’s “indigenous sound” that has long served as a meeting ground for DC’s Black community.

Campbell added that a nearby resident threatened T-Mobile with…

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