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A Tribe Called Red's Ian Campeau is leaving the band

Caroline Szwed

Nearly 10 years after starting A Tribe Called Red, Ian Campeau, a.k.a. DJ NDN, has decided to leave the band.

"After almost 10 years in A Tribe Called Red, I've decided to leave the band and shift my energy towards my speaking career, mentorship and advocacy work," Campeau tweeted, adding that leaving is "the healthier choice" for him, as touring has triggered his anxiety and depression. He also mentions that the band — currently comprised of Campeau, Tim "2oolman" Hill and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas — has "grown apart."

Fans of A Tribe Called Red responded with warm wishes for Campeau. The Jerry Cans replied, saying, "Loads of love to you. You changed the game. No question. Qujannamiik." 

"So much respect and love for everything you've accomplished and all the people you've touched through music and activism," tweeted Austra.

Read Campeau's full announcement via Twitter below.


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