What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
One form of art that changed my life is a song called “We Go Go” by Osibisa on their album African Flight, which was first released in 1981. Later, it was on another album called The Story. On that album, Osibisa did what we do best—fusing western music with some African rhythms. Their goal had always been to make people dance, but on “We Go Go” the beat was uptempo, and they were talking about political stuff (slavery). For me, it is the perfect song in both the music and the message. Now, most of Elikeh songs are dance-friendly and political, and we play The Story at all of our shows.
Massama Dogo and his D.C.-based band, Elikeh, play a politically-charged hybrid of rock and African highlife that's rooted in Dogo's West African/Togolese heritage. Elikeh's new disc, Adje! Adje!, has just been released, and the group plays the Creative Alliance's Patterson Theater tomorrow night. Tickets are $10. Be sure to listen for "We Go Go" playing over the p.a., before the band hits the stage.