About Nahko and Medicine for the People
Nahko and Medicine for the People is an alternative world music musical collective. The six member group is headed by frontman Nahko Bear, who is an American musician. Bear has a mixed ethnic background which includes Puerto Rican and Filipino descent, he was adopted at a young age by a white, religious, family. It wasn’t until his early twenties that he would meet his birth mother. The band’s song Early February was written shortly before this meeting; it describes a woman far too young to carry, and putting her baby in a bed of a woman she’d never met. Bear says his creative inspiration is the desire to bridge cultural gaps, and that he has been musically inclined since the age of six when he started learning piano.