by Eugene Boulanger
These days, it’s hard to keep track of one of Indian Country’s favorite contemporary electronic music producers A Tribe Called Red as they take leaps forward into renown and reputation. They’ve just released a new video, announced summer tour dates, and are celebrating one of their member’sThre3Style win.
Yes, Cayuga DJ Shub has recently earned the reputation of Canada’s top party rocker, according to Redbull Thre3Style – a title won in Halifax late last month. DJ Shub also won the top spot at the DMC DJ Battle in 2008, becoming the first Aboriginal DJ to win the DMC Battle. I think the author speaks for Indian Country when he says, bigups Shub – keep killing it! To quote a Justice vs. Simian track, “We, are, your friends! You’ll never be alone again!”
Aside from pioneering the Aboriginal Canadian electronic music scene and establishing the presence of Indigenous players as a serious force in the game, A Tribe Called Red has been busy. Bear Witness has been creating a series of videos set to Tribe’s music which acts as a commentary on myths and misconceptions regarding today’s Canadian, “post-colonial” identity, unveiling both truths and untruths through visual art. Media artists like Bear Witness are an emerging breed and hold a unique talent to be watched closely in the near future. As this exciting field evolves, its people motivated to push like Bear that are evolving it.
Busy is good, because busy means you’ll have a chance to see A Tribe Called Red on tour with electronic music favorite Javier Estrada in a town near you. Check these dates including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival below, and don’t forget to watch Bear Witness’s latest video, part 1 of the Javier Estrada Trilogy, Soprano Azteca.
June 19 Winnipeg – Winnipeg Jazz Festival
June 20 Regina – TBD
June 21 Edmonton – The Works Festival
June 22 Ottawa – Special Event
June 23 Peterborough – Ode’min Giizis Festival
July 08 Ottawa – RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
Aug 03 Montreal – Presence Autochtone
Kudos to these guys for staying in touch with, and contributing to contemporary narratives about #decolonization and Indigenous rights while pushing the electronic music scene through thoughtful fusions and modern dance floor remix revelations – but mostly for still managing to have fun while they do it:
Cab ride wind breaker fun. With @djshubinstagr.am/p/LiWPm-M2_6/ — Dee Jay NDN (@deejayndn) June 6, 2012