Nahko and Medicine for the People

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Nahko and Medicine for the People
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Background information
GenresAlternative world music
Years active2008–present
LabelsMedicine Tribe Records/Side One Dummy Records
Associated actsXavier Rudd Trevor Hall Michael Franti
Websitenahko.com
MembersNahko Bear, Justin Chittams, Chase Makai, Patricio Zuñiga Labarca, Max Ribner and Tim Snider
Past membersDon Corey, Dustin Thomas, Hope Medford

Nahko and Medicine for the People is a world music group. The six member group is headed by frontman Nahko Bear.

Members[edit]

Frontman Nahko Bear[edit]

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,[1] and that he has been musically inclined since the age of six when he started learning piano.[2] He has also worked as a piano teacher and music director.[2] In 2012 he began traveling around the US in a van with his dog.[2]

Other members[edit]

Other members of the collective include:[3]

  • Justin Chittams (drums)
  • Joe Hall (lead guitarist)
  • Patricio Zuñiga Labarca (bass guitar)
  • Max Ribner (trumpet)
  • Tim Snider (electric violin)
  • TJ Schaper (trombone)

Past members include:

  • Hope Medford (hand percussion and rhythms)
  • Don Corey (bass) (recorded on Dark as Night)
  • Dustin Thomas (bass guitar)

Chase Makai (lead guitarist)

Tours and festivals[edit]

Nahko and Medicine for the People have toured with Rebelution, Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, and SOJA.[1] Nahko Bear has also performed duos with Leah Song of Rising Appalachia.[4][5]

The band largely appears at alternative music festivals,[1][3] including the Greenbelt Festival,[6] the ARISE Music Festival[7] and Tour de Fat.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Wash It Away" (2014)

Music videos[edit]

  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2012). Me and Mr. Washington (video). A film by Grototote. Kosmo Mimzi. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2013a). Budding Trees (video). Grototote + Mari Kari. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2013b). Manifesto (video). Film by Dominik Walczuk. Grota Film. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2014a). Black as Night (video). Grototote. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2014b). Ghosts Embodied (video). Medicine Tribe Records. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2014c). I Mua (video). Medicine Tribe Records. Retrieved 2015-05-14.
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People (2016). San Quentin (video). Max Moore. Max Moore. Retrieved 2016-10-30.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c D’Angleo, Chris (February 20, 2015). "Nahko: Medicinal music". TheGardenIsland.com. The Garden Island. Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  2. ^ a b c James Wood, Kevin (January 18, 2016). "Sex, Drugs and Spirituality: An Interview with Nahko Bear". Kevin James Wood. Archived from the original on 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  3. ^ a b c Hucka, TJ. "Nahko and Medicine For The People". LifeIsBeautiful.com. Archived from the original on 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  4. ^ Nahko Bear & Leah Song "Black As Night" Unplugged in the Streets of Portland, ME. YouTube (Video). July 25, 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  5. ^ Bliss, Terri. "Nahko Bear & Leah Song". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  6. ^ "Greeenbelt Festival 2016 Lineup". Greeenbelt Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-08-24. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "New Belgium announces Tour de Fat schedule". Coloradoan. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

Further reading[edit]

Reviews

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