photo: Lindsey Blane Photography
Nahko and Medicine For the People is a world music act from Portland. The group is fronted by Nahko Bear, a man of mixed Apache, Filipino, and Puerto Rican ancestry. All of those cultures percolate to inform his folk sounds.
Their latest record HOKA has been on repeat for me. Bear explains the title, “Hoka is a Lakota word, an indigenous tribe from the Great Plains, it is a call to action. It’s what Crazy Horse would say when he went into battle, ‘Hoka, hey!’ My call is to put action to the words that I speak and the lyrics I sing. Not just to talk, but to do. This is the soundtrack of the movement for a better planet. I want to challenge myself and others to make a change.”
Nahko and Medicine For The People perform on the Vancouver Folk Fest Main Stage on Saturday, July 16th at 9:55PM.
Here’s a song off their 3rd album called “Love Letters To God.” In Relix he says of the song, “In a time where guns, politics, and wealth divide and separate us from nature and each other, this poem to Creator asks the question: are you listening to our prayers? Because it’s crazy down here…”
And because I love love, here’s a pretty one.