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Local News: Go-go band TCB releases official statement on condition of lead talker


By Sarah Godfrey

Yesterday, Twitter and Facebook exploded with news and rumor about go-go band TCB's lead talker, Reggie "Polo" Burwell, who was reported to have fallen ill during a Saturday night show at Forestville's CFE Event Center.

Information was spotty, with some reports stating Burwell passed away, causing his family members to take to the radio waves to say that he was still very much alive. Today, TCB released a statement clearing up the confusion:

"In the early morning hours of April 11th during our show at The CFE our friend Reggie (Polo) complained about not feeling well and it was decided that he should go home. On his way home his condition didn't improve so he was taken to Greater Southeast Hospital were he went into a coma. He was then taken to Washington [Hospital] Center where he has been since Sunday morning fighting for his life. So as of today... POLO IS NOT DEAD!

Out of respect for his family we are only passing on information we get from them. The situation is very serious and it's been hard just even listening to our music."

(Read more of this post, after the jump)

The band also said that, after meeting to discuss the matter, they would continue to perform in Polo's absence. "In reality he has suffered a serious trauma and best case [scenario] it'll be a very long road to any recovery. We respect the [family's] decisions whatever they may be and we always hope for the best. So as of right now TCB will do what Polo has done all his life...HUSTLE and GRIND.

"[T]o not continue to be TCB would be disrespecting the sacrifice and hustle Polo made to see TCB what it is now. We're pulling for our friend. We don't want to talk about what if's, but for right now, Polo is still with us. Just pray for him y'all."

Polo, along with TCB, is an innovator in new school go-go, and pioneered the "Bounce Beat" sound, a more buoyant, danceable, but still hard-driving form of the music. The band has performed with a variety of hip-hop artists, including Jim Jones, Gucci Mane, and T.I.

By Sarah Godfrey  |  April 12, 2010; 12:54 PM ET
 | Tags: Polo, Reggie Burwell, TCB, bounce beat  
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