A Tribe Called Red - The OG (feat. Black Bear)

Song of the Day
Today's Song of the Day — as chosen by DJ Chilly, DJ Miss Ashley, DJ Riz, Gabriel Teodros, and OC Notes as part of KEXP’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day programming — is "The OG (feat. Black Bear)" by A Tribe Called Red, a 2019 self-released single.
photo by morgen schuler
written by Janice Headley

Acclaimed Canadian duo A Tribe Called Red return with their important new single "The OG", inspired by Canadian politician Roméo Saganash and his passionate speech last September in the House of Commons regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Indigenous rights. Teaming up with frequent collaborator Black Bear – a Pow Wow drum group from Manawan, Quebec of the Atikamekw Nation — A Tribe Called Red set snippets of Saganash's speech against a pulsating beat. In a press release, the band declared:

“It would be impossible to overstate the impact that Roméo Saganash’s words had on the Indigenous world and on us personally. We feel that the stand he took that day in parliament needs to be remembered, memorialized and commemorated. This is a celebration of that moment. Roméo, the Halluci Nation salutes you.” 

Feel the celebration within the song below:

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