Friday, August 12, 2016
Tribalectronica: A Tribe Called Red and "NDN Stakes"
From Canada's First Nations, A Tribe Called Red brings us today's random tune called NDN Stakes. A Tribe Called Red is made up of members of the Nipissing First Nation, Mohawk tribe and Cayuga First Nation. Their music is electronic, with instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep combined with First Nations music such as vocal chanting and drums. Called "powwow-step," it was developed to appeal to urban First Nations people in the dance club scene. Based in Ottawa, the band has been a prominent proponent of First Nations' rights and against the cultural appropriation of First Nations symbols. In 2013 they asked non-First Nations followers to refrain from wearing war paint and headdresses to their shows, have filed a human rights complaint against an Ottawa amateur football team using the name "Redskins," and withdrew from a performance at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights over concerns about its depiction of Canadian aboriginal peoples. NDN Stakes can be found on their 2013 album Nation II Nation and features Sitting Bear, a traditional tribal drum group.