Nahko’s most recent album, ‘My Name Is Bear’ was released last year to critical acclaim, and is a collection of tracks from his formative years as an artist, and a prequel to his work with Medicine For The People. Now he’s set to release ‘Hamakua’ on April 13: a 3 track EP including acoustic versions of songs from the album; the title track ‘Hamakua’, ‘Dragonfly’, and ‘Be Here Now’.
Nahko is best known as the front man for the world music collective, Medicine For The People. His first solo work, ‘My Name Is Bear’ is in essence a prequel to his work with the People, and comprises 16 tracks of music and “interludes”, mostly written between the ages of 18 and 21, with some a little later. The interludes are actual unedited tape recordings of his raw thoughts. The end result is a pleasing insight into the mind of a very thoughtful and wise man.
Singer songwriter Nahko is best known as the frontman of the world music collective, Medicine For The People. He started playing piano at the age of 6, and his songwriting moved to a more grassroots style in about 2012, when he travelled around the US with his van and his dog. Nahko’s album, ‘My Name Is Bear’, is in essence a prequel to his work with Medicine For The People, with songs written primarily between the ages of 18 and 21 (with a few more recent than that).
Lisa caught up with Nahko while he was visiting London to promote his new album.