TV One will highlight the legacy of go-go music in the original documentary The Beat Don’t Stop. The movie will air on June 21 as part of the cable network’s Black Music Month coverage.
Go-go was born in Washington, D.C. in underprivileged neighborhoods during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s.
The Beat Don’t Stop takes viewers through the history of go-go and explores how the music genre served as a platform for African Americans to address social and class issues.
The documentary from Urban One founder Cathy Hughes celebrates “Godfather of Go-Go,” the late Chuck Brown and the role Radio One played as the original broadcast platform for go-go.
“I always sought to represent the underrepresented. I always gave voice to the voiceless, and go-go was very much that,” Hughes said in a statement. “We are proud to be a part of the go-go story and grateful to tell the story of the men and women who helped to create and promote this amazing sound.”
The film features artists, music historians and community leaders, including rapper Doug E. Fresh, members of the Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, E.U., Backyard Band, TOB, TCBand Maiesha and the Hip Huggers, and many others.
Big Brother Konan who hosted the first daily radio show in the country dedicated to go-go music on WOL-AM, also looks at the social power and influence of the music form.
The doc is executive produced by Hughes. For TV One, Deirdre Leake-Butcher and Tracey Uy serve as Executive Producers, with Bo Sampson of Bodacious One Productions serving as co-executive producer. Nile Cone served as senior writer and producer.
The Beat Don’t Stop airs Sunday, June 21 at 8 P.M. ET/7C, followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M. ET/9C on TV One.
Watch the trailer below.