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Nahko and Medicine for the People


  1. 1.
    Budding Trees
  2. 2.
    Tus Pies (Your Feet)
  3. 3.
    Love Letters to God
  4. 4.
    Black As Night
  5. 5.
    Wash It Away
Nahko is a sixth generation Apache/Mohawk with a Puerto Rican/Indian mother and a Filipino father, who grew up with the family that adopted him in an Oregon suburb.
He suffered some early childhood identity problems until he began to ground himself in music. Taking up the piano at age six, he gave piano lessons and directed musical productions for local schools in his teens. His talents landed him a seasonal production position in Denali, Alaska, and there, with the wilderness around him, he began to put all the musical, cultural, and philosophical pieces of his personal creative vision together.
Seeing music as international, multi-generational, and multicultural, and as a redemptive and healing force, he joined with his backing group, Medicine for the People. Together they began making what has been called "thump-hop," a percussion-heavy, rainbow-envisioned mix of styles and approaches that is at times as much spoken word as anything else -- a sort of 21st-century medicine show for the mind and soul.
The group's debut album, Dark as Night, appeared in 2013 and debuted at number six on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. After the follow-up, 2014's On the Verge, SideOneDummy released the group's third album in 2016. Titled HOKA, it reached number 72 on the Billboard 200.


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