We’re creating something [young Indigenous people] could identify with. People owned it…They were able to say, ‘This is something that represents me.’ It’s stuff everyone listens to, whether it’s dubstep or moombahton, or whatever, it’s something within that culture that reflects me, and that I can identify with. It’s something that all of us didn’t have growing up. Now, to be creating this for our generation and the generation now who are going to grow up having music they can identify with, it’s something positive.

What does A Tribe Called Red do after rocking a solid tour across Europe? They kick ass on another solid tour across North America. Check out their North American tour dates and peeps the latest video from the boys.

Don’t miss A Tribe Called Redin one of these cities during the next month. We’re glued to our computers because we’ve heard from a little birdie that they’re going to be releasing new tracks and mixes that they recorded while they were across the pond - stay tuned to their tweets for that.  

Nov 2nd – Winnipeg @ Aboriginal Music Week (buy tickets)

Nov 3rd – Regina @ The Exchange (buy tickets)

Nov 4th - Saskatoon @ Amigos Cantina (tickets at the door)

Nov 7th - Edmonton @ Temple (buy tickets)

Nov 8th - Calgary @ Hi-Fi Club (buy tickets)

Nov 9th - Vancouver @ Fortune Sound Club (buy tickets)

Nov 11th - Victoria @ Sugar Nightclub

Nov 17th - Brooklyn @ Glasslands (buy tickets)

Nov 19th - Philadelphia @ Fluid Nightclubs Mad Decent Mondays Nov 22nd - Washington @ U-Hall

"the battle is getting hotter" - by Bear Witness

A Tribe Called Red’s Bear Witness is back with a hypnotic new video mashup of movie clips juxtaposing some deadly ‘savage warriorism’ with a confused looking Colin Farrell, old school native appropriation…and then the knives come out…

The battle is definitely getting hotter.

Happy Thankstaking!

DOWNLOAD: A Tribe Called Red ft. Boogat – “Morire Otra Dia”

A solid Trap-inspired co-lab between Ottawa favorites A Tribe Called Red and Montreal-based producer Boogat.

This week’s #RPMDownload Tuesday features a recently released collaboration between Ottawa-based producers A Tribe Called Red and Montreal-based vocalist/writer/producer Boogat. This track is already a couple weeks old and you may have already seen it floating around the interwebs, and we couldn’t pass up a chance to share it with you.

From Boogat’s website, “A few weeks back, my friends from A Tribe Called Red sent me an awesome Trap-inspired beat and we teamed up for this great collabo: Morire Otro Dia.The song is about the daily doubts of human beings and the fact that we just need to keep it going, day after day.”

Translated, ‘Morire Otro Dia’ becomes ‘Die Another Day.’

Get it now: Download A Tribe Called Red ft. Boogat – “Morire Otra Dia” on RPM.fm

Ghosts in the Archive: DJ Bear Witness & Jackson 2Bears

"Media artist and VJ Jackson 2Bears was in Banff recently with A Tribe Called Red‘s Bear Witness for the Source National Media Arts Summit. At their Electric Powwow event in the Club, they talked about where they get their material, and what all those old cowboys and indians movies mean to them.”

So dope.


Although we shouldn’t even be having this conversation in this day and age, please vote yes to change the name of the Nepean Redskins. 

It’s small battles like this that win the war for equity and fairness.  Ian aka DEEJAY NDN of A Tribe Called Red has even gone so far as offering to help raise funds to phase the name out over the next five years. In a neighboring community, the youth football club changed their name from Redskins to Storm back in 1997.

Please tell the Ottawa Sun this is offensive, racist, and unacceptable, and share.

Artist Call: Manifesto and ORIGINS Calling All Native MCs

ORIGINS: Breaking Beats & Boundaries is calling Native MCs to compete for a chance at a paid performance spot at the Manifesto Festival 2012.

Compete on June 30th in front of a panel of industry judges in Toronto, Ontario, for your chance to win the grand prize of paid performance spot at Manifesto 2012!

Submissions can be made online at: themanifesto.ca/submissions/origins.

And then stick around, as the event is being followed by performances from Kinnie Starr, Iskwé and A Tribe Called Red, hosted by Wab Kinew. Get the details on that on Facebook.

Good luck!

RPM Wins United Nations Gold Medal in New York

The New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion awards, recognizing the World’s Best radio and podcast programs, took place last night in New York. We are thrilled to announce that Electric Pow Wow from the RPM podcast series has been selected as the recipient of the United Nations DPI Gold Medal as well as being awarded a Silver Medal in the Culture & The Arts, Audio Podcast category.

Holy smokes!

RPM/MBM Digital Inc.  is proud to be among this year’s winners, culled from entrants from 27 countries by an international jury of award-winning radio and podcast producers and industry experts. The United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Awards, juried separately from the festival by members of the UN, honour programming that “best exemplifies the aims and ideals of the United Nations.”

Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island have been dancing and drumming for generations but, in the 21st century, that rhythmic spirit is finding new forms of creative expression. In the RPM podcast episode Electric Pow Wow, the powwow gets plugged in, mashed up and remixed, through an exploration of the work of three Indigenous artists – A Tribe Called Red¸the Ottawa-based DJ collective whose eponymous debut album was long-listed for the Polaris prize last week, Cris Derksen, the classically trained, Cree electro-cellist, and Indian Nick, aka Tlingit/Aleut visual artist and musician Nicholas Galanin.

We’re so proud of our team! The podcast is produced by Paolo Pietropaolo¸ hosted by Ron Dean Harris, aka Ostwelve, with executive producer Lynn Booth, creative producer Jarrett Martineau, production manager Christa Couture and the amazing team at MBM Digital Inc.

You can read the official press release here: rpm.fm/NYGold.

DOWNLOAD: RPM Podcast #010: “Electric Pow Wow”