NAHKO is heading back to NZ in May
Known for his work as Nahko And Medicine For The People, Nahko will grace New Zealand audiences with his 2017 solo release “My Name Is Bear”.
Featuring a collection of music he penned between the pivotal ages of 18 and 21, the musical maverick appropriately describes the 16-track journey as ‘a prequel’. “My Name Is Bear” reflects the soul, authenticity, and spirit that Nahko’s fans have come to know; artfully merging rustic acoustic guitars, upbeat energy, tribal flavours, and fiery percussion with ponderous lyrics.
“It’s the first chapter,” Nahko states. “I leave home at the beginning. On the back end, I meet my birth mother at 21, everything changes, and the Medicine for the People catalog begins. It was about coming of age and shedding that skin. When you’re on your own, those are the first steps to freedom. You have to take care of yourself and survive in a world with the tools you have. For me, those tools were my guitar, my songwriting, and my thumb to hitchhike. 95% of the tracks were written during or about psychedelic trips. There’s a tinge of real mystical revelation as I went from Alaska to Hawaii. I became open to other spiritual texts, and they transformed me. I was on the road, in love, and everything was amazing, but I kept asking myself, ‘What the fuck does this all mean?’”
Nahko’s solo album, “My Name Is Bear”, premiered at #1 on iTunes and debuted on a number of Billboard charts including Independent Albums (#11), Tastemakers (#14), Emerging Artists (#19), and Top Album Sales (#43). The release was followed by a headline tour that boasted multiple sold-out dates stateside and a nearly sold-out tour in Europe and the UK. These intimate solo performances should not be missed as “My Name Is Bear” sets the stage for a whole lot more from Nahko – marking this as being only the beginning of a whole new chapter in the Nahko story.
“Nahko’s music expresses much about his vision of a better world. Big anthemic songs and potent live shows” – LA Weekly
“Incredibly intimate” – Billboard Magazine
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