‘Bless The Child’ & ‘A Tribe Called Red’: Higher Ground | Burlington, VT


A Tribe Called Red came from Ottawa, Canada with their unique sound to bring the Queen City of Vermont, a new taste of sound – Native electronic genre blending. This trio of DJ’s have a cause, and it’s a serious one that has them quickly on the rise. The music that they are producing, has a strong energy of social and cultural impact for indigenous people’s. They are doing something quite interesting and different, and in their own way, are bringing their message to a broader range of crowds through combining traditional pow wow vocals and drums, with modern hip-hop & electronic music. They sold out their show at Higher Ground, packing the room with an incredibly enthusiastic, high-energy crowd. Bless The Child opened up the night for them, another socially & culturally driven group, originating from Burlington. The energy stayed very high the entire night, peaking at the moments that ATCR invited two native dancers on stage to add a spark to the stage presence.

“Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound” – A Tribe Called Red

“If you’re an indigenous person living in a country that was forcefully colonized, it’s all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.

Looking to the future, without losing sight of their past, ATCR straddles a broad range of musical influences based in modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, blended with edgy electronic music production styles. Currently made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman, ATCR first got together in 2008. They are part of a vital new generation of artists making a cultural and social impact in Canada alongside a renewed Aboriginal rights movement called Idle No More.”

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