A TRIBE CALLED RED with THUGLI, KEYS N KRATES, GRANDTHEFT, AUTOEROTIQUE

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and many more at Kool Haus ( 132 Queens Quay East), Novem­ber 9. red­bullthre3style.com.

Ottawa DJ col­lec­tive A Tribe Called Red started throw­ing their Elec­tric Pow Wow par­ties in 2008 to pro­vide a space for ur­ban abo­rig­i­nal youth to so­cial­ize and dance to­gether. Since then, the project has gone on to spawn a whole new ap­proach to dance mu­sic, which they call pow­wow-step.

Com­bin­ing sam­ples of tra­di­tional pow wow mu­sic with elec­tronic beats, the trio’s sound caught the ears of both partiers and crit­ics, and has helped spark a larger con­ver­sa­tion about cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion in mu­sic. It’s not of­ten that par­ty­ing and pol­i­tics mix this nat­u­rally and ef­fec­tively.

Their de­but self-ti­tled mix­tape wound up on nu­mer­ous year-end lists, and their sec­ond al­bum, Na­tion II Na­tion, was short­listed for the pres­ti­gious Po­laris Mu­sic Prize. How­ever, it’s in the live arena that the trio re­ally shine: video artist Bear Wit­ness’s re-ap­pro­pri­ated and re­worked found video footage adds an ex­tra layer to DJ NDN and DJ Shub’s rewiring of hip-hop, reg­gae, dub­step, moom­bah­ton and elec­tro beats with First Na­tions el­e­ments.

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