Nahko & Medicine For The People

Nahko & Medicine For The People (USA)

Thursday 6th April, 9pm

With Special Guest: Kahl Wallis

Margaret River! We know we've kept you waiting, but Nahko and Medicine for the People are finally returning to your beautiful town, to perform their latest album HOKA. This show will sell out, so make sure you get your tickets early!  Thursday 6 April at Settlers Tavern.

Some people go a lifetime without knowing their mission in life, without feeling they have true calling, and without knowing why they even do what they do. Nahko is not one of them. And that calling and mission has never been clearer than it is on Nahko and Medicine for the People's third full-length album, HOKA (SideOneDummy Records).

On HOKA, Nahko's voice is strong. His mission is clear. The mandate has been thrown down.

"Hoka is a Lakota word, an indigenous tribe from the Great Plains, 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 Oregon-born singer/songwriter Nahko, who is of Puerto Rican, Native American (Apache), and Filipino descent.

"This is the soundtrack of the movement for a better planet," he continues. "I want to challenge myself and others to make a change." "Hoka," which is the intro to the first track, "Directions," is one of the album's many song intros used as a way to round out the storytelling on the tracks. "On this intro, my uncles are chanting the lyrics to 'Directions' in Lakota, and the three female voices include a clairvoyant, an astrologer, and a friend who all had important messages for me that are a big part of my story," he explains.

Critics have praised the group's worldly blend of rock, hip-hop, and alt-folk. OC Weekly called the group - which also includes Chase Makai (lead guitar), Justin Chittams (drums), Pato (bass and kora),Tim Snider (violin) and Max Ribner (horns), "empowering" and "powerful. "The Huffington Post called Dark As Night "beautiful and stirring," and compared Nahko to Bob Marley and a "musical prophet."

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Special Guest: Kahl Wallis

Lead singer and songwriter for indie/alternative band The Medics, environmental and social activist, storyteller, and now solo performer, Kahl Wallis is a young Aboriginal man on a mission. Carving out a solo career with his new album stripped back to raw emotion, he is delivering powerful messages through his music.

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