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Nahko and Medicine for the People

Nahko (Nahkohe Parayno), a sixth generation Apache/Mohawk with a Puerto Rican/Indian mother and a Filipino father, grew up with the family that adopted him in an Oregon suburb, and suffered some early childhood identity problems until he began to ground himself in music, taking up the piano at age six, and in his teens, he gave piano lessons and directed musical productions for local schools. 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, anchored by horn player and Berklee School of Music graduate Max Ribner and percussionist Hope Medford. 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. A debut album, Dark as Night, appeared in 2013. ~ Steve Leggett
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Track List: On The Verge

1. Mitakuye Oyasin

2. Father Mountain

3. Vultures Of Culture

4. Ocean As Well

5. Simplicity

6. Dinner Party

7. Mr. Washington

8. Ghosts Embodied

9. Pueo

10. Manifesto

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Track List: Dark As Night

1. Aloha Ke Akua

2. Manifesto II

3. Risk It

4. Warrior People

5. So Thankful

6. Budding Trees

7. Nyepi

8. 7 Feathers

9. Black As Night

10. On The Verge

11. My Country

12. I Mua

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Track List: Dark As Night

1. Aloha Ke Akua

2. Manifesto Ii

3. Risk It

4. Warrior People

5. So Thankful

6. Budding Trees

7. Nyepi

8. 7 Feathers

9. Black As Night

10. On The Verge

11. My Country

12. I Mua

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Spirit #1
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I love Nahko's sound! The whole thing is like ska mixed with reggae mixed with indie and alternative rock. I just love it! Plus, his music always tells a story, which is nice to hear nowadays.
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I absolutely love this music, gets me through every day! ❤️
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rainbow-envi s i o n e d 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. It's amazing!! Nahko Rules
Nahko is Rainbow Magic!
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Love you Nahko can't wait til your back in Colorado at red rocks
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Best music to feel good dance and jam to! Definitely medicine for the soul <3
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Hands down my favorite group of artists in my whole life. So thankful everyday from the introduction to this beautiful sound and message!
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angelia8
This music has been the best medicine for me. Thank you all for creating a movement so special and inspiring.
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good to see there isnt a single bad comment about nahko
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I will be forever thankful for being introduced to Nahko. You make my stressful days bearable :) Simply the best.
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crowestudio
Love Love Love to Nahko and all Rainbow Warriors.
“We didn’t come to earth to get anything. We came to awaken our full potential and infuse this dimension with divine light.”
Follow The Dream. xox
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A light for the day and night to balance what lives inside my addiction to your medicine has caused the heart to spin and loving world wind always there until the very end love love love you!!! ❤☀⚡✨��������
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nahko every time on your station when its not you singing i skip the songs you are so awsome your the best
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you are the best singer in the whole world keep spreading your music
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ledgirlj
I am so glad to find this music.... it is true beauty and truth .... gave me goose bumps the first time I listened to Warrior people!!!! much love & light XoXoXoXo
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Keep spreading the love and the light.
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Either Pandora has no creativity or there's no one like Nahko Bear.
Hammock + snow cones + Nahko = the best music experience
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great!
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Keep doing what your doing and people all over the world will hear the messege your projecting. The world smiles every time people realize that happiness is love and love is the meaning of life.
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Time to change the world with a spiritual revolution. Spread the knowledge and truth we all possess.
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revolution_o f _ t h e _ m i n d
Nahko's music is life changing. I encourage anyone just discovering it to shut out any distractions , binge on it, and really absorb the message. Let it fill you and inspire you. Then go find him and see him live ;) Welcome to the Medicine Tribe!
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Thanks for bring me back to myself, I almost forgot who i was. I realized i really really missed me.
Sincerely,
A person unknowingly in need medicine
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Nothing but love for Nahko Bear;)
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pstoner.96
My friend and I heard Nahko at Art Outside and were immediately inspired to make the world that much better.
Make the movement move!!
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RAINBOW WARRIORS UNITE THE COMMON DREAM OF ALL ON BOARD THIS TRAIN THAT'S BOUND FOR GLORY AND JUST AS THE ANCIENT S AND TRIBES FORETOLD ; WE THE RAINBOW WARRIORS COME IN THE RIGHT TIME, THE NICK OF TIME, TO HELP PREPARE A NEW RENEWED EARTH AND TO RESTORE ALL OF CREATION IN THIS EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS OF OUR LIVES IN THE MOMENT OF NOW! LOVE, LIGHT, AND UNITY WILL NOT TAKE US TO HELL BUT WILL ALLOW THIS FAMILY DREAM TO MANIFEST IN ITS FULLNESS AND THE WAY WILL BE CLEAR; WE WILL ALL BE HEALED!LOVE
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astra34
P.s reading previous comments about how much you guys rock just makes me love you all more!!
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astra34
You guys are too much of something else, thank you for the language of music and the messages you breathe in and out everyday. And thank you for the comfort of knowing there is still so much love on this earth.
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travisbradwa y
I am new in recovery from heroin and nahko and medicine for the people have really helped me in cleansing my soul from the f.&ked up s**t, and move on with my life while keeping me in a great mood the whole time. Thanks u nahko.
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Nahko has awakened A Part Of My Soul which I forgot I had. Living In Vegas For most of My Life. It molded me into something I hate and love. But when I heard Nahko. My Soul Became Cleansed in A Way, I have the Same Soul. It just Shines Brighter now.
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Every time I hear your music I am inspired to new levels of my being...and truly impacted in some way. I am grateful to have been there to feel and expert the profound love of this TRIBE...Awak e . . . W a l k i n g . . . S i n g i n g and Listening. Will always and forever be a loyal fan. blessings all ways brothers and sisters. Much love, Kali Ray
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Thank you soo much for the medicine in which you were blessed with and then choose to share that euphoric healing voice with the rest of the world. Thank you for helping to heal the mentality of our brothers and sisters.
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tlcbodyworks
mahalo.nui.l o a . f r o m . K a u a ' i . . . w e . l a v a . u . . . c o m e . b a c k . s o o n ! ! ! !
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I found these guys about a month ago and showed them to my friend... there is a very good chance we are both addicted
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honestly i may be young (im 15) but this enlightened me amazing hopefully going to be able to see them this year while im on tour
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honestly i may be young (im 15) but this enlightened me amazing hopefully going to be able to see them this year while im on tour
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honestly i may be young (im 15) but this enlightened me amazing hopefully going to be able to see them this year while im on tour
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Badass
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God bless the whole world, open their eyes to the truth and turn their hearts towards the light. <3 May all those who seek peace find it within themselves. Emenv
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an open letter to Nahko and the family,
as you yourself say in "wash away", music is activism, & I too AM proud to be living in a generation where prayer is the most G thing you can do. The first song I ever heard was budding trees, which really opened my eyes and spiritually awakened me to the very core of my being. The next two months felt like a whole lifetime of experience, learning, and spiritual growth. I always knew I was destined to change the world, but only when I heard your music did
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God bless this
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Magic..... Nahko is so influential
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lenabean74
I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this band by serendipitou s chance. Brilliance in music, love and light. I hope I get to see them live soon.
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I was blessed enough to see them at Resonance 2014 near Columbus Ohio and it was the most amazing show I have ever seen in my life it was a blessing truly!!!
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A great choice to listen too while headed to and fro the beach
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Mahalo. For the music
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Saw this band at the 2014 Byron Bay Blues Festival, NSW, Australia, absolutely fantastic live, so soulful and spiritual, would love to see them again. ALOHA XX
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shannon.quac k e n b u s h 9 7
Nahko's music is my medicine. Much love ❤️❤️
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I saw them play for the first time at Electric Forest this summer and I met Nahko after his show in Harrisburg this year. He is so real, so down to earth and a goofy guy. He is his music. He is genuine, passionate, and honest and you can feel it in the music and lyrics of his songs. Nahko and MFTP's music have helped me through some serious life changes and I am blessed to come across this beautiful sound.
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This band has saved me. Evey song I discover has touched me in a profound way. Some day I hope to meet this group in person because they seem have this aura about them that brings happiness and hope for a better tomorrow.
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This band is MY BIBLE. MY TORAH. MY MEDICINE
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