The Aboriginal electro/hip-hop unit A Tribe Called Red has built a career (and nabbed multiple Polaris nominations) for their politically charged modern take on First Nations music, and they deliver again with new single, “Burn Your Village to the Ground”. In acknowledgment of last week’s American Thanksgiving, the band offered up this hard-hitting rhythmic track without prior notice on Soundcloud. It includes a sample of Wednesday Addams’ (played by Christina Ricci) memorable speech on the colonization of indigenous people from the Addams Family Values. Right before the drop, she proclaims, "I've decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground”, and it’s sure to give you chills.
The band explained the significance of the track through social media,
“On this fourth Thursday of November, you might ask yourself: do Indians celebrate Thanksgiving? Well… Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday for Native people. In a way, each day is a day of thanksgiving to the Creator for the original people of Turtle Island. This doesn't mean that we don't enjoy turkey, pie and family as much as the next person, but at the same time the Thanksgiving myth largely shared in mainstream culture perpetuates a one sided view of a complicated history surrounding this holiday. Here’s an informed indigenous view on Thanksgiving: blog.nmai.si.edu/main/2013/11/do-…hanksgiving.html. This doesn’t prevent us from ‘celebrating’ in our own way by giving you a new song called Burn Your Village To The Ground.”
Grab this urgent track now as a free dl.