This week’s download comes from the Canadian group A Tribe Called Red. You have seven days to grab their song “R.E.D.” featuring Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Narcy & Black Bear.
Since 2010 the group – currently made up DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. In a sense, ATCR’s music is the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the pow wow: their Electric Pow Wow events in Ottawa showcase native talent and aboriginal culture, alongside an open, wild party. Within a couple of years, they have become the face of an urban Native youth renaissance, championing their heritage and speaking out on aboriginal issues, while being on top of popular music, fashion and art. Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual artist and creates stunning, political, and sometimes humorous, videos that incorporate film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image.
Download the track below.