Indigenous, Black, Arab, & Muslim United in Song — Blast This A Tribe Called Red Anthem
“What I forgot, is better than whatever they remember.”
— Yasiin Bey
We first saw the First Nations DJ trio A Tribe Called Red collaborate with Narcy and Yasiin Bey in 2015 on a remix for “Electric Pow Wow” at the Osheaga festival in Montreal.
We all hoped and prayed for more and this week those prayers were answered with the release of the video for R.E.D. Narcy has produced many epic music videos over the years but R.E.D. is surprisingly his directorial debut.
Shot across Morocco the video features the words of the late, great Santee-Dakota, American Indian activist and writer John Trudell. Also a spiritual leader for many people, Trudell’s words featured in video reflect the state of faith for many people in our times:
“The subjects and the citizens see the material religions through trauma and numb.
Nothing is related, all the things of the Earth and in the sky have energy to be exploited.
Even themselves, mining their spirits into souls, sold until nothing is sacred, not even their self.”
This is a video challenging borders much like Yasiin Bey did recently in South Africa, as Yasiin Bey and Narcy are seen sneaking across a border wearing niqabs. The video closes in prayer as Narcy uses the desert sand for purification as a reminder to the opening words of the video spoken by John Trudell,
“Our DNA is Earth and Sky.”
A Tribe Called Red’s new album, “We Are the Halluci Nation” is being released September 16. Check them out on tour across Canada and the US in the Fall. For more on the upcoming album, check out this intro video:
For more about John Trudell check out the film Trudell.