Canadian DJ collective, A Tribe Called Red, have released a new music video for Indian City ft. Black Bear featuring an epic dance battle between traditional pow wow dancers and urban breakdancers.
The video, which was shot in Toronto, is an ode to A Tribe Called Red’s upbringing and heritage. A Tribe Called Red, whose artists are of indigenous Canadian descent, blend hip hop with traditional pow wow drums and vocals, with variations in electronic music too.
In a statement, A Tribe Called Red said: “Long before we fought in the streets, our first battles were fought on the dance floor. Some of us have learned about our culture from birth, being taught to sing, drum and dance like we were being shown to speak and walk. Some of us have found our way first through beats, breaking and turntablism, only to find it leading us back to our roots. The movement carries memories and the drums are kept deep in our chests, no matter how hard they tried to rip them out. So, we learned to dance on these city streets and write our songs on digital drums.”
A Tribe Called Red – alongside Aboriginal rights movement, Idle No More – are part of a new generation of artists making a cultural and social impact in Canada.
A Tribe Called Red’s new album We Are The Halluci Nation is out now. The group are also heading on a tour of the US next Month. Tour dates and tickets are available via A Tribe Called Red’s website
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