VIDEO: A Tribe Called Red - NDN Stakes
feat. Sitting Bear
There can’t be many other boats in sight as this trio of Canadian DJs navigate the unnervingly still waters between Aboriginal music and commercial dance.
While nobody can question the tremendous soul and energy behind the Native American drums, chants and wails that are the beating heart of each track on A Tribe Called Red’s second album Nation II Nation, their fusion with contemporary clubland’s beats and bleeps somehow fails to engage beyond a metaphorical level.
It’s not terrible; it simply lacks the cohesion and purpose to be considered truly innovative – as disrespectful as it seems to judge on a musical basis something that so proudly expresses a cultural identity.
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