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Pow Wow in the Club: A New Spin on First Nations Music

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 27th, 2017 Last Updated on: February 27th, 2017

It's so great to see A Tribe Called Red getting some mainstream media love!

Great Big Story, an independent subsidiary of CNN, has been making some great videos lately, focusing on “untold, overlooked, and flat-out amazing” stories around the world. It's no wonder they've come along to cover A Tribe Called Red and the Pow Wow Step scene, a genre that most people into mainstream radio haven't even had the chance to listen to yet.

“What do you get when you combine club music with the traditional sounds, rhythm and soul of an indigenous pow wow? Enter: A Tribe Called Red. This First Nations band is an Ottawa-based trio that is bringing music that originated on the North American plains to a whole new audience. With their unique fusion of beats, DJ NDN, 2oolman and Bear Witness have created a gathering place for all music fans while showing pride in their heritage.”




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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Gilbert Baron

I enjoy the Pow Wow but have a tough time explain why. Since I have no indigenous blood it had to grow on me. I can appreciate the flute more than the drum for simple listening but when the drum and the dancing merge it is an experience. Mixing in some more familiar sounds probably makes it much easier for many. It does take a lot of listening to start to see that all is not the same and to hear differences one must spend considerable time either in person or thanks to POWWOWS.COM watching the live broadcasts. It is unbelievable how many different dance forms there are. I guarantee that you better be in good condition and have strong legs if o wamt to try some of them. It is a lot harder than it mamy look.

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