A Tribe Called Red is a DJ crew from Ottawa, Canada, that blends traditional First Nations music, hip-hop, and EDM in a style they call “powwow-step.” NDN, Bear Witness, and 200lman started hosting Electric Pow Wow dance parties for their local indigenous community in 2008. These were wildly successful, and their popularity inspired the trio to record their mixes. Since then, they’ve released three albums: 2012’s A Tribe Called Red, 2013’s Nation II Nation, and 2016’s We Are the Halluci Nation, which features Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) on “R.E.D” and monologues from author Joseph Boyden, who writes about colonialism and the systemic inequalities indigenous people in North America still face. What makes big hits like “Sisters” and “Electric Pow Wow Drum” so infectious are the complex, interweaving rhythms of pulsing dubstep beats and looped samples of Native groups like Northern Voice and the Black Lodge Singers. By allowing past and present to coexist, ATCR celebrates the vibrancy and resilience of modern First Nations cultures. CIARA DOLAN
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
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