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