Last year at the annual Lucidity Festival they performed a truly amazing set.
This was the fest time I saw the band in person and only recently had I been introduced to them.
I was vaguly familiar with Nahko from the epic music video, Aloha Ke Akua, which is filled with nature images of divine spirit.
Nahko transcends the bridge of spiritual music and mainstream.
This type of music fuels your soul like a hug from a good friend. If you like his music then you resonate with it on a soul level and feel connected at a core level to this tribe.
Love the tribe or loath it, you are connected. In whatever form you show up in, you are connected. The tribe may appear like a washed up 60s hippie band, or wearing the latest counter culture trends. Such as a woven beanie or the popular long haired man bun(s). The crystals and feather earrings with a scarf and fedora. Or maybe your tribe-ness is less expressed from your outward style appearance, and instead it emerges from your inward being radiating love and light.
However you show up, if you stayed and loved Nahko, you know you are part of this tribe.
I could feel that at Nahkos 2014 Lucidity performance.
It didn't matter if half the crowd was on some kind of drug induced trip or if you were life high, the crowd was connected.
I could tangibly feel this. We were connect on the same level, same field. We were riding the same wave on the same high that is Nahko's music.
The words, lyrics and melodies bring up the awareness of community connection. Themes of interconnected ness to nature and striving to improve the environment ecologically. socially, and politically, arise from each cord.
If you have yet to hear a note I highly suggest taking a listen, a breath in and open up into the nurtured soul music of Nahko.
It completely sums up the spiritual counterculture of today who isn't into the hype or bs. They aren't the airy fairy hopeful duds who sit on their ass and meditate the day away. The ones that listen to Nahko actually give a sh*t and do something about it. They change the world while Nahko opens our hearts and reflects back what's in our soul. If you feel it you know.
You're in the tribe.
As Nahko doesn't skirt around the issues, his story is deep and raw with a fine finishing of freedom within spirit.