A Tribe Called Red

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A Tribe Called Red
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Dance music
First Nations music
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Website atribecalledred.com
Members Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau
Dan "DJ Shub" General
Bear Witness

A Tribe Called Red are a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.[1] Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the group consists of three DJs: Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau (of the Nipissing First Nation), Dan "DJ Shub" General, and Bear Witness (both of the Cayuga First Nation).[2] The group describes its music as "powwow-step", a style of contemporary powwow music for urban First Nations in the dance club scene.[1]


After releasing a number of tracks online and DJing at various dance and aboriginal events,[3] the band released their self-titled debut album as a free internet download in 2012.[4] The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on June 14, 2012.[5] Their second album, Nation II Nation, was released in 2013 and was named a longlisted nominee for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on June 13, 2013;[6] in July, it was named to the prize's final 10-album shortlist.[7] The band also won several awards at the 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, including Best Group and Best Album for Nation II Nation.[8]

The band have toured extensively across Canada[9] and the United States,[10] as well as performing festival dates in the United Kingdom,[11] Germany[11] and Greece.[12]

They have been featured on CBC Radio's Q[13] and Canada Live,[14] and have been playlisted on both CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3.

In 2014, they garnered two Juno Award nominations at the Juno Awards of 2014, for Breakthrough Group of the Year and Electronic Album of the Year,[15] winning the award for Breakthrough Group. The band specifically chose not to submit themselves for consideration in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category.[16]


The band has been vocal supporters of Idle No More.[3] In 2013, they issued a public statement asking non-aboriginal fans to refrain from cultural appropriation by not wearing headdresses and war paint to their shows.[17] Furthermore, Campeau filed a human rights complaint against an amateur football club in Ottawa that was using "Redskins" as its club name.[18]


  • A Tribe Called Red (2012)
  • Nation II Nation (2013)


  1. ^ a b "A Tribe Called Red’s urban powwow". National Post, August 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bio of A Tribe Called Red".
  3. ^ a b "A Tribe Called Red". NOW, February 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Download A Tribe Called Red’s Debut Album for Free". Indian Country Today, March 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "Polaris Prize long list includes lots of Toronto bands". Toronto Star, June 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List". Exclaim!, June 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Polaris Prize shortlists Tegan and Sara, A Tribe Called Red". CBC News, July 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "A Tribe Called Red, George Leach and Nathan Cunningham big winners at Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards". CBC Music, August 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "A Tribe Called Red Book Canada-Heavy North American Winter Tour". Exclaim!, November 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "A Tribe Called Red touring in support of second album". Aboriginal Music Week, April 9, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "A Tribe Called Red's dubstep take on powwow music". CBC News, April 18, 2013.
  12. ^ "Dancing to a tribal rhythm". Times Colonist, November 10, 2012.
  13. ^ "Pow wow-step with A Tribe Called Red". Q, June 20, 2013.
  14. ^ "National Aboriginal Day". Canada Live, June 20, 2012.
  15. ^ "A Tribe Called Red, Monkeyjunk among Ottawa Juno nominees". CBC News, February 4, 2014.
  16. ^ "A Tribe Called Red, Wab Kinew, Tanya Tagaq on the indigenous music renaissance". CBC Music, August 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Beats Against Colonialism: A Tribe Called Red". Canadian Dimension, September 7, 2013.
  18. ^ "A Tribe Called Red's Ian Campeau Files Human Rights Complaint over Redskins Football Club Name". Exclaim!, September 5, 2013.

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