Drum and bass artists Chase & Status have released a new album “Brand New Machine” December 4, 2013 and the music video premiere for single “Alive ft. Jacob Banks” has been received with mixed reactions.
The 7 minute epic tells the story of a young native man dealing with drug addiction, family problems and criminal activity on the reservation but after a loved one dies he finds spirituality and traditional values. A cry of misappropriation has risen from certain quarters of the internet as the dance video portrays sacred ceremonies such as the sweat lodge and Sundance although the cast and crew are almost entirely indigenous.
The video was filmed on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana, USA and the UK artists Chase & Status say this on the YouTube site: “Many thanks to the whole Blackfeet Nation and The Crazy Dogs Society for making us feel at home there.”
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