YouTube sensations, Nahko and Medicine For The People have just dropped their new single, San Quentin.
He has an incredible life story which led to the creation of ‘San Quentin’ which is taken from the new album HOKA, which will be released on June 10th and was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucero, Dropkick Murphys).
He was adopted as a baby by a middle class, white American family in the north-west of the country and grew up playing piano at a young age. Then disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond Americana musicians like Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self-discovery.
It was then he found his mother on the Internet, met her, and began to learn the truth about his true ethnicity of Puerto Rican, Native American (Apache) and Filipino descent. Because his mother was forced into human trafficking, Nahko and his mother are advocates for the anti-trafficking movement of indigenous men and women. A few years later, Nahko learned that his biological father had been murdered in 1994 which led to the creation of the new single ‘San Quentin’.
Armed with a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. Nahko describes his music as a mix of hip‐hop and folk rock with a world message to spread awareness of living in harmony with each other and Mother Nature. Lyrically they explore themes such as indigenous ideology and mythology, social commentary on economics and the distribution of wealth and power, youth empowerment and direct action.
The band first came to prominence with their song ‘Aloha Ke Akua’, which has now gained over 5.5million views to date on the fan made video and became a Top Ten hit on both the Billboard Top Alternative Albums and Top Heatseekers charts. Watch it here.
After the roaring success of their sold-out debut visit to the UK last year and a sold-out tour this January, Nahko will be back again for a full Euro tour this August.