Nahko and Medicine for The People are heading back to London following their sold-out debut visit to the UK last year and a sold-out tour this January.
The band perform at KOKO on 10 August 2016 as part of an extensive European tour supporting their forthcoming new album ‘Hoka’.
Produced by Ted Hutt, the Grammy winner who’s worked with the likes of The Gaslight Anthem and Dropkick Murphys, the album is so personal that it’s lead single, ‘San Quentin’ is the result of frontman Nahko Bear visiting the man responsible for murdering his father in 1994 – and forgiving him.
“I didn’t really know what I was going to say to him,” the singer-songwriter explains. “I went there to forgive this man and in forgiving him, I freed myself. It only hurts yourself to hang onto hate. Forgiveness empowers you to create change. I believe everything happens for a reason good and bad. People are put in your life for a reason, and you need to turn that pain into something positive to make the world a better place.”
“Over the last three years, I’ve been cracked open so deeply in my own healing to really give this record my all,” he continues. “My style of writing and my intentions with how I put things together has evolved a lot. I’m able to better paint the picture after time on the road, seeing first-hand the emotional state of the people of the world, of how sick people are, and how much healing they need.”
That insight has even gone into the new album’s title.
“Hoka is a Lakota word, 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,” says Nahko, who is of Puerto Rican, Native American (Apache), and Filipino descent.
Nahko and his musical collective – lead guitarist Chase Makai, drummer Justin Chittams, bassist Pato, horn player Max Ribner, and violinist Tim Snider – first gained recognition through a fan-made video of their song ‘Aloha Ke Akua’ which now has over 4.7million views.
‘Hoka’ is released on 10 June.