A Tribe Called Red A Tribe Called Red is a Canadianband that has a total of three members.
My friend introduced me to their musicawhile back ago and I thought they were an interesting group. I was very excitedto see a familiar band that I recognized. There are not many Native Americanmusic like theirs in the media. The equipment that they use to create theirbeats for their music is called a DJ controller. They make music that representtheir tribe and while carrying on their heritage. They gain their popularity byincorporating electronic beats with traditional powwow music. The songs thatthey performed at their concert had a lot of hip-hop, dub step, and electronicfeel to it. In the beginning of the concert, the dancer was incorporatingpowwow dancing with break dancing as well.
Powwow is an American Indianceremony where it consists of dancing, singing, and feasting. The concert started out with a songthat incorporated hip-hop with the Native American music. Every beat that theband played represented the pounding of a drum. The beat helped the dancer tomoved along with it and he was able to pow wow through the song. He combinedmany styles of dancing, while also still keeping the native styles as well. Thedancer was dressed in colorful outfits, while the band were all wearing blackfrom head to toe. It was interesting to see the featured singer, Lido Pimienta,coming out wearing the bands black hoodie.
She came out with a fierce attitudeand stood her ground to empower the Native American music and also empoweringall tribes. A Tribe Called Red’s songs could beheard in the club scenes or even outside of it. Their music was meant fordancing that include many selections of dance genres such as electro, dub step,and dancehall.
The band is constantly hyping up the audience while they areperforming and making them jump in on the beat. They are mashing up remixes ofdance music with more of dance music (powwow), which is a smart combination,because they both have the same level of spirit to it. Their song incorporatesdrumming and traditional Native singing with electronic and hip-hop beats. Thisstyle of music not only intrigued young indigenous people, but it is alsoattracting many other different cultures. It is now heard in popular culture, whichthey are slowly making their way to the media. The instrument that they used isa DJ controller, which many electronic dance music use. EDM is a new uprisingmusic genre for raves, nightclubs, and festivals. As I was watching theconcert, it definitely reminded me of raves and festivals that I went to.
Thestrobe lights were flashing intensely and the crowd jumping up and down andmoving to the rhythm and beat of the song. I would consider A Tribe Called Redas EDM music, because their beats and mixes are very similar to EDM. The venueof the concert was massive. There were tons of people outside with their armsup and waving their lights to the music. The dancer was able to interact withthe crowd through his dancing and hyping them up to get loud and to dancealong. He was able to incorporate hishula-hoops while powwowing as well. Feelings can be portrayed throughmusic and music could also be a form of speech where artists can speak outabout their emotions.
A Tribe Called Red’s music represents and speaks out forindigenous people that were forcefully colonized. For the “Stadium Pow Wow”music video, there were a lot more drum beats that were incorporated in thesong. The band promoted indigenous music, art, and fashion in the music video. Thissong has full of energy and motivation through its mixture of on going beats,the chanting, and the singing that gets your body pumping. The guy in the videochanged out of his modern day clothing and was ready to let loose when hechanged into his traditional Native clothing. I think the purpose of this videowas to close the gap between indigenous North Americans with other culture sothat we can share something similar through electronic music with culturalexperience. This video helps other non-native people understand their culturein a different way. The “Virus” music video is a verypowerful song.
The music video and the spiritual lyrics showed true emotion andreality on those that were affected. This music video was the voice to all whowere kept silent. The song incorporated many chanting and dancing. It showedmany protests and wrongs that have been going across nation that the governmenthad done wrong to the Native Americans.
A Tribe Called Red was able to speakout about these incidents that had cause trauma to the natives through theirmusic. They are able to captivate attention of other people who are not nativeand help them feel a connection through the sorrow of indigenous people. Thedub step was able to intensify and empowered the music.
The visual of the songwas captivating; each one of it had a story that wants to be told. The song and video symbolize that NativeAmericans will never give up and back down and that they will continue to keepfighting for what is right. This song included many protests, which means thatthe Native American will keep on chanting until they get treated with respect. They were able to connect with theiraudience through their music and were able to create something new to captivatenewer audiences. They are able to create electric pow wow, which they shared apiece of their culture to the public. From the concert video, they seem likethe type of dancing party music, but when you watched their music videos, theyrepresent a powerful cultural movement. The native singing/chanting and drummingis what kept their song traditional.
Their music is for all culture around theworld and they promote unity for all races and genders.