All about the Red
We briefly touched on A Tribe Called Red before; they're an electronic music group from Canada who who fuse hip hop, reggae, and dubstep with chants and beats from the First Nations, forging a new genre they call "Pow Wow Step". I felt as though they could use some more love, especially since they're giving away a free album, and have released a song in solidarity with Idle No More.
From their blog:
In 2008, DJ’s NDN and Bear Witness founded A Tribe Called Red adding two-time Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub to the crew in 2010. ATCR creates an never before heard sound made up of a wide variety of musical styles ranging from Hip-Hop, Dance Hall, Electronic, and their own mash-up of club and Pow Wow music, known as Pow Wow Step that is quickly gaining respect from all kinds of communities from all around the world. Electric Pow Wow is a monthly club night dedicated to showcasing Aboriginal DJ talent and Native urban culture and is aimed at creating a space for Aboriginal people.
Here are their upcoming shows:
- Feb 7 Toronto - AGO
- Feb 8 Peterborough - Nozhem
- Feb 16 Whitehorse - Frostbite Festival
- Feb 20 Whistler - Maxx Fish
- Feb 21 Vancouver - Fortune Sound Club
- Mar 15 Austin, TX - SXSW Festival (Awwww, shit! They're coming to Texas!!!)
And here are some vids: