HOKA: A Journey to Forgiveness with Nahko & Medicine for the People
Nahko and Medicine for the People have just released their first video for the new album. HOKA will debut on June 10th, but until then it seems that we will be getting previews here and there of what is to come. “Hoka Hey” is a Sioux phrase that is most notable for being Crazy Horse’s cry upon entering battle. It can be interpreted as, “today is a good day to die!” With the last single released, “Wash it Away,” we hear in a verse “today is a good day for my ego to die.”
The video features Nahko, Chase, Justin, and Pato, as well as two new members who have been on tour with Medicine for the People for the past year, Max Ribner on the trumpet and Tim Snider on the violin; adding even more musical diversity to the already eclectic sound. The song is titled “San Quentin,” and tells the story of Nahko’s journey to forgiveness with the man who is sitting at the table. He is a representation of the man who murdered his birth father.
Starting out with the band performing in an all white room, the scene cuts to the man handcuffed at the table, and then to the red painted letters slowly forming to say “I forgive you.” The phrase is completed as he unlocks the handcuffs and frees the man from his chains. In a preview of what is to come, Nahko narrates the journey to confront the murder. “If I ever get out of here… an eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth. A life for a life. I want to dedicate my life to your family,” says the man shortly after understanding Nahko’s relation to him.
“San Quentin” is directed by Max Moore and the behind the scenes filmed by Josue Rivas. The new album is now available for pre-order (here) and is going to be an adventure through healing. I am beyond excited for HOKA‘s release on June 10th and look forward to the Make A Change tour that Nahko and Medicine for the People will be embarking on this sprint. Find them in a city near you and help make the movement move.
The behind the scenes video, explaining the backstory of “San Quentin”.