A Tribe Called Red
Bursting forth from Canada 's capital, native Producer and DJ crew. A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound.
If you are an indigenous person in a country that is forcefully colonized, it's all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are a lot of the Canadian DJ collective. A Tribe Called
Looking at the future, without losing sight of their past, ATCR straddles a broad range of musical influences based on modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, blended with edgy electronic music production styles. Currently, DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman, ATCR first got together in 2008. They are part of a vital new generation of social and cultural impact in Canada.
ATB's uplifting and inclusive Electric Pow Wow nights on the second Saturday of every month have become an institution at Ottawa's Babylon Club. (And includes 631 other nations) mix with social activists, music heads and anyone looking for a great party and a safe space to come together. B-boy and traditional moves. Bear Witness weaves indigenous stereotyping from movies, cartoons and media into a new political context.
Through the group's positivity and tireless work they have expanded to global proportions with tours in Australia, Europe, Mexico and the United States.
It is no accident that Native American activist, poet and musician John Trudell is the first voice you hear on the collective's third album, We Are The Halluci Nation, as the group considers him a forefather for this movement. Yanyin Bey (AKA Mos Def) or Saul Williams to Colombian visual artist and musician Tanya Tagaq to the Australian aboriginal band OKA gold The Swedish-Sami singer Maxida Marak.
The crew has performed high profile dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk, Osheaga, and New Orleans Jazz Fest to list a few. In 2014, they garnered mainstream recognition as the first Indigenous band to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the Juno Awards (Canada's Grammys). ATAR was also long-listed for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2012 and 2013 and its debut album was included in the Washington Post's top 10 albums of that same year.
A Tribe Called Red promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that they need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision then you are already part of the Halluci Nation.
"We are the Halluci Nation."
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