In their brand new video for breakthrough single R.E.D., A Tribe Called Red matches ferocious verses from Yasiin Bey and Narcy, as well as the thunderous rhythms of drum group, Black Bear, with expansive shots dynamically edited together to showcase the artists’ assertion of cultural identity. The track previously debuted on Ebro’s Beats 1 radio show, with Pitchfork premiering the video yesterday. Take a look into the Halluci Nation’s world now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MD8IK19aec.
Produced by DAIS (of the Halluci Nation) and shot in Cape Town, the video unveils a new chapter in the album’s narrative, centered around the emergence of the Halluci Nation and rooted in indigenous world views. From A Tribe Called Red: “The Halluci Nation has no barriers, it sees no borders and their operatives are everywhere. Yasiin Bey is an ally of the Halluci Nation who has been unjustly detained in Cape Town, South Africa by the ALie-Nation. Narcy is one of the Guardians of the Halluci Nation and he has been given the job of helping to free Yasiin and lead him to the Halluci Nation territory. We Are Of Earth And Sky.”
From Narcy: “The Halluci Nation is here. It was an absolute honor for my directorial debut to be for artists as important and integral to the story of the world, as A Tribe Called Red and Yasiin Bey. This time capsule and visual to R.E.D. is about one man finding himself, and reconnecting with Planet Earth. As an emissary of the Halluci Nation, I arrive to guide him back to himself, so he can find us again. It is the story of breaking ground, finding light and faith. It is about the power of our ancestors and the power of us. It is the beginning. The Callers of Names want us to forget, but we know where we are from. And we know where we are headed. For Kanata. For Africa. For Arabia.”
We Are The Halluci Nation – set for release on September 16th via Pirates Blend – is a visionary blend of electronic and dance music that’s forward-thinking with a deep sense of heritage and cultural identity. The album includes appearances 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.