Group of the Year 2018

A Tribe Called Red


Group of the Year




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Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture, celebrating all its layers and complexity. Made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman, ATCR packs the dance floor while projecting indigenous stereotyping from movies, cartoons and media into a new political context accompanied by a dancer, mixing b-boy and traditional moves.

In 2014, they garnered mainstream recognition when the band became the first Indigenous group to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the JUNOS. ATCR was also long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2012 and 2013 and for the debut album, which was included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of 2012. The crew has performed at high profile festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk, Osheaga and New Orleans Jazz Fest, to list a few. Having just released their third album, We Are The Halluci Nation, in September (2016), ATCR is garnering more attention than ever before. Pitchfork, MUCH, Time and National Post are a few of many showing support, helping the group create their own Halluci Nation. Exclaim! rated We Are The Halluci Nation a 10/10, while Pitchfork rated the album an 8.1/10.