New Chuck Brown Album Out Tuesday, Memorial Park To Open Friday

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(Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A new album featuring the late Godfather of Go-go, his band and collaborators like Wale and Doug E Fresh dropped Tuesday.

The 9-track album, entitled “Beautiful Life,” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

On Friday, on what would have been Brown’s 78th birthday, there will be an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Chuck Brown Memorial Park at 1800 Franklin Street, NE.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities asked local artists to submit proposals for art installations for the park, and Takoma Park, Maryland sculptor Jackie L. Braitman was chosen for the work.

Her design is composed of three plate-steel figures representing Brown and two dancers placed on a concrete stage and dance floor, an interactive LED display, sitting walls surrounding both the stage and the dance floor, landscaping, laser-cut, stainless steel walls and a stage canopy.

“The challenge to the artist is to create a work of art that communicates a multidimensional musician in a public space,”said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in a statement. “[Braitman] responded with sculpture and designs that encourage the viewer to experience Chuck Brown’s multiple contributions.”

Jackie L. Braitman's entry for the Chuck Brown Project. (photo credit: Jackie L. Braitman)

Jackie L. Braitman’s entry for the Chuck Brown Project. (photo credit: Jackie L. Braitman)

Brown died of multiple organ failure in May 2012 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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