Photo Credit: Matt Barnes
A Tribe Called Red has released the music video for The Virus – the next single off their third album, We Are The Halluci Nation (Pirates Blend). Featuring activist/poet/rapper, Saul Willams, and First Nations drum group, Chippewa Travellers, the track is a defiant celebration of indigenous and oppressed cultures. The science fiction video (created with support from DAIS, Pirates Blend Records, and MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc.), is set in 2047 on “Turtle Island”. Produced for the Halluci Nation by DAIS and Mad Ruk, the video was directed by Tunkasila, and written by Sol Guy, Ezra Miller, and Tribe’s own Bear Witness.
The Virus is available to stream now on Spotify, along with remixes by Afro-Western production duo, The Very Best, and Mexico’s Tribal Guarachero pioneer, Alan Rosales. Since 2008, Anglo-Malawi collective, The Very Best, has been spreading infectious afro-pop throughout the world. They have found great success through collaborating with M.I.A., touring with Mumford & Sons, and more. The second remix, by Latin-American tribal producer, Alan Rosales, is the Mexican counterpart to ATCR, with his electronic revision of traditional Aztec music.
“When the first question arose it took the form of a virus. The virus was a hallucinogen. Walking on water wasn’t built in a day. If plagiarism is a thing what do you call it on land? What does it mean to be true to your word? What does it mean to stand your ground? What does it mean to protect and serve? What does it mean when corporate interests encroach upon communal resources? What does it mean when we let the oligarchs of industry dig up the graves of First Nations to suck the blood beneath the bones and boil the profits in contaminated water?
We are the seventh generation. We are the protectors of this land, the protectors of water. We are not a conquered people. We will issue no warning. It will come thinly veiled or not veiled at all. The drum will beat. And you will hear it. There is no question.” – Saul Williams
We Are The Halluci Nation was released on September 16th to critical acclaim. The record hit #1 on the iTunes Canada Top 200, spent two weeks at #1 on Earshot!, and reached #2 on the iTunes USA Top 200 Electronic chart. We Are The Halluci Nation was also named the #1 record on CBC’s list of the 25 best Canadian albums of 2016.
Featuring appearances by from Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Saul Williams, Polaris Prize-winning throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Shad, Lido Pimienta, Leonard Sumner, John Trudell, Northern Voice, The Chippewa Travellers, and more, We Are The Halluci Nation is a visionary blend of electronic and dance music that’s forward-thinking with a deep sense of heritage and cultural identity.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Dec 3 Winnipeg, MB | The Garrick Centre Centre
Dec 6 Minneapolis, MN | Skyway Theatre
Dec 7 Chicago, IL | Lincoln Hall
Dec 8 London, ON | London Music Hall
Dec 9 Toronto, ON | REBEL (formerly known as Sound Academy)
Dec 14 Kingston, ON | Stages Night Club
Dec 15 Montreal, QC | Corona
Dec 16 Peterborough, ON | The Red Dog
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