Continuing their emergence as a cultural juggernaut in Indian Country and beyond, the hip hop group A Tribe Called Red dropped their brand new track Stadium Pow Wow featuring Black Bear on Friday, June 2nd. This follows up their 2015 EP Suplex and their 2013 album Nation II Nation, and is now available for purchase on iTunes.
Released in Canada by the Pirates Blend label, and internationally by the group’s own label, Radicalized Records, ATCR says Stadium Pow Wow “represents a new era for A Tribe Called Red.”
The group, whose members include DJ NDN (Nipissing First Nation), Bear Witness (Mohawk), and 2oolman (Mohawk), drop yet another inspired mix of traditional First Nations music fused with hip hop and dubstep-influenced dance music.
To produce Stadium Pow Wow, ATCR worked with the Black Bear Singers (Out of Hibernation, 2011), a traditional Atikamekw drum group from the community of Manawan, Quebec. Black Bear was formed in 2000 and has released four full-length albums of indigenous northern drum music. ATCR and Black Bear have collaborated together on numerous projects, including the tracks Bread & Cheese and The Road from Nation II Nation (2013).
“It's not the first song that we have released with 2oolman or Black Bear, but it feels very special to us because, not only was it one of the first songs we worked on together with 2oolman, but also the first time we actually worked closely with a drum group,” the group said in a press release. “Doing that was the realization of a dream that the band has had for years and we are super thankful to Black Bear for being open minded about it”
Since the group formed in 2007, A Tribe Called Red has gone on to receive numerous nominations and accolades, notably their nomination for four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, including Best Group, Best Producer, Best Album and Best Cover Art, and a 2014 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group Of The Year, as well as a nod for Electronic Album Of The Year. Their second full-length album Nation II Nation (2013), was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
With nearly 50,000 followers on their SoundCloud profile, and over three million views on their Youtube channel, ATCR has had huge success with urban First Nations youth and continue to grow their mainstream fanbase.
Having become a strong voice of urban Native youth renaissance, ATCR has championed indigenous issues, while promoting indigenous creativity, music, fashion and art without appropriation. Band member Bear Witness, for example, is the crew’s visual artist and video director who incorporates film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image.
ATCR will be on tour throughout the summer, already having booked multiple venues across Canada, including Vancouver (for more tour details, see below). With other projects undoubtedly on the way, A Tribe Called Red is adding to their already impressive catalogue of work, and are now more culturally relevant than ever.
UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
06/25 | Aboriginal Day Live - The Forks | Winnipeg, MB (FREE)
06/26 | Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival | Ottawa, ON (FREE)
07/09 | Phillips Backyard Weekender | Victoria, BC (Tickets)
07/15 | Folk on the Rocks Music Festival | Yellowknife, NWT (Tickets)
07/23 | Way Home Festival | Oro-Medonte, ON (Tickets)
07/31 | The Banff Centre – Shaw Amphitheatre | Banff, AB (Tickets)
08/15 | Festival Acadie Rock – Riverfront Park | Moncton, NB (FREE)
08/18 | Boyce Farmers Market | Fredericton, NB
08/19 | The Marquee Ballroom | Halifax, NS
08/20 | 2016 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Summer Games | Membertou, NS (FREE)
08/31 | Pacific National Exhibition | Vancouver, BC (FREE with gate admission)