nahko & med for people
intro’d here (budding trees) while watching heal doc:
Nahko and Medicine for the People is a world music group. The six member group is headed by frontman Nahko Bear.
Nahko Bear is an American musician. Born in Portland, Oregon, of mixed ethnic background which includes Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, he was adopted at a young age by a white, religious, family. It wasn’t until his early twenties that he would meet his birth mother. The band’s song “Early February” was written shortly before this meeting; it describes a woman far too young to carry, and putting her baby in a bed of a woman she’d never met. Bear says his creative inspiration is the desire to bridge cultural gaps, and that he has been musically inclined since the age of six when he started learning piano. He has also worked as a piano teacher and music director. In 2012 he began traveling around the US in a van with his dog
Nahko and Medicine for the People have toured with Nattali Rize, Rebelution, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, and SOJA. Nahko Bear has also performed duos with Leah Song of Rising Appalachia.
from rootfire site [https://rootfire.net/nahko-and-medicine-for-the-people/]
Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond, Americana musicians and storytellers like Conner Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self discovery. Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring.” Nahko describes his music as a mix of hip-hop and folk rock with a world message.
2017 article – his name is nahko [https://www.laweekly.com/his-name-is-nahko-his-new-album-tells-the-story-of-when-he-was-david-bell/]
He soon landed in Hawaii, supporting himself by working on farms and writing music in his off hours.
Eventually I realized I needed to stop feeling like I needed to be validated.
Nahko and Medicine for the People first hit with the 2012 video for “Me and Mr. Washington,” in which Nahko sings about the perils of democracy while traipsing through a redwood forest. The video went viral (1.5 million views, currently) and opened doors.
Their debut, Dark as Night, was released in 2013. Nahko says it and every subsequent album has been about meeting his birth mother and the implications of that event. He’s heavily influenced by Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire and Bright Eyes
spreading his message of healing, truth and beauty to unexpected places is kind of the point.
Nahko’s music expresses much about his vision of a better world, but even when he’s not making any noise, the black lines on his face say it all