The GoGo Brothers Legacy ” A REAL STREET LEGEND” from Watts ,California and Verbum Dei High School to around the world
Every now and then there are legends of street culture who can transcend street into the commercial or organize the world of sport & entertainment .
If you go into any basketball gym in this country you can find rumors & stories of legends who never made it but should have , remarkable recounts of remarkable feats of talent. They are immortalized under colorful street names , with multiple stories of everything from drug addiction to racial in opportunities as to the reason of a non transition from street to an inclusion of fame & wealth ,
And the same holds true for the legends of streetdance They faced the same , the stories of these legends are locked in the gyms of nightclubs & house-parties , on street corners & parks with remarkable feats of creativity , surrounded by remarkable odds of survival.
Just as in other social street activities these legends face the daily disappointment of watching those of lessor talent ,who learned , copied and replicated from them succeed in a world of nepotism & politics , where success is based not on the ability but rather on the accessibility of the lucky or privileged !
Even Verbum Dei High School does not know the influence it has had on the world
from the U.S. to Japan
Tony GoGo carried on the GoGo brothers tradition in Japan
Grand Master Locker Tony Go-Go , Co founding member of the original Go Go Brothers group has preserved and developed the Go-Go legacy for over three decades. After leaving the Original Lockers Group in the early 1980s Tony has taught and developed not only The Original Art of Locking in Japan for the past two decades but he recognized, created and developed a style of Locking in Japan which combined other styles along with a Locking Foundation to form a style known as “Lock Fusion” when we asked Tony how this came about , He said he noticed some tendencies in many of his students to change the angles of the locks along with combining moves, often this was done with-out finishing the previous move..Tonys’’ background immediately said uh-oh “Slop Locking” Then he realized that what had happened was many of these students were not fundamentally sound with old school locking principals.. The Student which were solid in the Old school original style fundamentals could also perform his Lock-fusion style with-out the Slop locking effect.. Well we have watched it develop over the years and it is unique to the Asian style of Locking . Tony is now considered the innovator of the Japanese style of Lock-Fusion.. “That sure fit’s the saying educate before you recreate”
That goes with it
I would like to give Big Props
To OGSkeeter Rabbit of the
Original GoGo brothers.
Thank you for opening the
Locker legends web site
Of information and for bringing as many lockers and dancers together giving us
The real truth of how this
Movement in our culture
Came about and what it stands for.
Once we had a dream in Watts California and
Now a beautiful memory
Of a dream fulfilled thanks
To your diligence and the
friendship of our brother
In Russia Vovan. We luv you
Thanks Mr Higgins and
Always love and Respect.
Your Brother always
Tony GoGo Speaks on keeping the new generations spirit alive in Locking
GoGo explains his dancing roots in a interview and he talks about other founding GoGo Brothers, James SkeeterRabbit Higgins and Edwin ” Buddy GoGo” Lombard
Og Skeeter Rabbit & Tony GoGo talk about the Original GoGo Brothers family
Tony is The only Grand Master Locker residing in Japan, He has trained several Master Students who reside in Japan, but none more prominent than his two sons These two carry on the tradition as the second generation Go-Go Brothers, You can see they learned from only the very best Tony said “When Me, Skeet and Buddy got together in the early 70s we worked on steps over and over again
The Original GoGo Brothers
Tony GoGo and his Sons as he teaches them the streetdance artforms at a young age
and that’s the way I taught them” , They have a strong synchronized locking background and have also been tutored by the likes of Greg Cambellock jr.
Original GoGo brothers Tony & Skeeter alongwith family GoGo Brother member Manny “Loose Caboose” Tristan and Original Locker and long Time GoGo brother affiliate and member of “Creative Generation Greg Cambellock Jr. Pope. At Tony GoGos 30 year GoGo brothers reunion performance In Japan 1974
and their popping influence came from directly members of the World famous Electric Boogaloos, Tony has often said to become one of the best you got to be around the best.
After their first U.S. performance at the 2004 B-Boy summit, we caught up with Original Go-Go Brothers Member and Master Locker & Pioneer James Higgins “The Original Skeeter Rabbit” and asked him what he thought of the second generation Go-Gos. He said “Tony did a great job, nothing made me prouder than to see the name carried on with such talent and style” Tony has instilled in those boys, a lot versatility.. And yet they are so precise when doing synchronized steps “But I’m not supprised that is what I would expect from Tony, he has contributed so much to Locking, its about time he received his do,
Other members of the GoGo brothers Locking Family 1973 & Enock “Elmer Fudd”Smith(RIP)
Tony GoGo in Japan wearing his Verbum Dei High School colors
Skeeter Rabbits Verbum Dei High School Colors 1973
The GoGo and YoYo brothers family Legacy has transended into its fourth decade with generations dating back to 1971, the very beginning of sychronized locking, two of the groups original members,Tony Lewis aka Tony GoGo and James Higgins aka OG SkeeterRabbit performed with various proffessional Locker Groups groups including “THE LOCKERS” The family of GoGo and YoYo brothers duo and trios started in the high school schoolyard of Verbum Dei in Watts, California and grew to include also the COCO BROTHERS, Many of the Dancers from this brotherhood leaneage has went on to do great things in the dance and entertainment field.This is a True family brotherhood that still exist today with Todays generation GoGo brothers Rei and Yuu
“I think this website is great and man was it needed my daughters really got a kick out of showing there friends the website. I’m working on getting some picture to you once I find them. Also I’ll send a bio to update you on somethings I have done over the year’s. Keep up the good work. It’s about time someone put the story straight”
“Peek a boo” Frenke Peekaboo Leo “Shaboo” Walker
In 1973 Mike “Peek a boo” Frenke was introduced to Locking and later along with duo partner Leo Shaboo Walker introduced street style C walk footwork into Locking, after the merger of the Original GoGo & YoYo brothers into one group, under the name “The GOGO brothers, Peekaboo and Shaboo became known as the 2nd generation YoYo brothers, and was often seen doing local shows with the Original GoGo brothers. later “Peekaboo” Frenke & The Original Skeeter Rabbit also became a familiar duo ,often found at local clubs, such as Mavrick’s Flats, Peekaboo went on to dance with the famed group Thirty 3 rpm
carried on the GoGo YoYo tradition as they introduced the footmoves of cripwalk into Locking, they also performed with the early group “The WhichAWay dancers”
THE COCO BROTHERS 1973
This Duo Bishop “CoCo Hall & Reggie “CoCo” also created in 1973 was Part of the GoGo YoYo Family out of Watts California, Bishop CoCo Hall originally attended Verbum Dei. Leaving to attend and establish the CoCo Brothers at Jordan High School in 1973 They were often seen on Soul Train and at the street scenes & functions.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF GOGO BROTHERS as the influence of the group broke down racial barriers ,as Tony GoGo migrated to the suburban area of Orange county, He established a second generation of GoGo brothers in 1978
Taught and created by Tony GoGo himself in 1978 the duo of
Ron “Cisco Kid” Castle & Manny “Loose Caboose Tristan
Note: This is the second generation Cisco Kid, The Original was with the pioneer group “The Ghetto Dancers of the inner-city This duo took on and carried on the GoGo family tradition as Locking migrated to the supburbs of Orange County, California
Old School & New School GOGO BROTHERS
riased and taught many style in Japan these
are two of the most dynamic streetdancers
in todays locking movement.
In 2016 the GoGo Brothers Legacy was honored at the 3 day Swedish Funk Camp and Festival ,
The expansion of the GoGo brothers family has now extended nationally with a GoGo brothers South with Orlando Magic & Branden Femster , through its first international member Robert Wager