Tribe (song)

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Tribe song.jpg
Single by Soulfly
from the album Soulfly
ReleasedJanuary 21, 1999
FormatCD single
GenreNu metal
LabelRoadrunner Records
Songwriter(s)Max Cavalera
Producer(s)Ross Robinson, Josh Abraham, The Rootsman, Roy Mayorga
Soulfly singles chronology
"Back to the Primitive"

"Tribe" is the fourth single by metal band Soulfly, released in January 1999. It is played as the ninth track of the eponymous debut album Soulfly, after "Bleed" and before "Bumba". "Tribe" is the fourth and last single of the album. As with every other Soulfly songs with vocals, the lyrics were written by Max Cavalera.

Lyrics and music[edit]

The first section of lyrics deal about Zumbi in Portuguese and then tribe in relation to life and god. The last section lists different tribes in alphabetical order, including Aboriginal, Hopi, Māori, and Mohican.[1]

The first minute of this six-minute song plays a berimbau with a guy singing in a foreign language. Tin can-sounded drums would start before going into churning metal riffs containing power chords, with drums performed during the rest and then played over the riff. Tribal part is played during the last quarter of the song before ending with the same rhythm in metal.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Max Cavalera.

1."Tribe" (Fuck Shit Up Mix)5:35
2."Quilombo" (Zumbi Dub Mix)3:24
3."Tribe" (Tribal Terrorism Mix)4:17
Total length:13:16