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A Tribe Called Red

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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're an indigenous person living in a country that has been 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 hard to come by, yet the Canadian collective DJ A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway to urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.

Looking at the future, ATCR straddles has 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 made up of Bear Witness and 2oolman, ATCR first got together in 2008. They are part of a new generation of artists and cultural impact in Canada.

ATCR's beginnings will always be rooted in the uplifting and inclusive Electric Pow Wow nights formally held on the second Saturday of every month at Ottawa's Club Babylon. During the parties, formed by a crowd of indigenous peoples (First Nations people, Métis, Inuit, and other nations), mixed with music heads, social activists, and anyone looking for a great party. Electric Pow Wow formed the roots of what would become the DNA of the ATCR live experience.

Through the group's positivity and tireless work ethic their message has expanded to global proportions in Australia, Europe, Mexico and the United States.

It's no accident that Native American activist, poet and musician John Trudell is the first voice on the collective's third album, We Are The Halluci Nation, as the group considers a forefather for this movement. Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) or Saul Williams to Colombian visual artist and musician Lido Pimienta to native musicians Black Bear, Tanya Tagaq to the Australian aboriginal band OKA gold the Swedish-Sami singer Maxida Marak.

The crew has performed high profile festival dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk, Osheaga, and New Orleans Jazz Fest to list a few. In 2014, they garnered mainstream recognition when the band became Indigenous group to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the Juno Awards (Canada's Grammys). ATCR 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 inclusion, empathy and acceptance among all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people 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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