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Creating Soul Time in Hawaii

Mark Kushimi
Mark Kushimi


Credit AlohaGotSoul
Strut Records
Credit Strut Records

There was a short window in the late 1970’s when Hawaiian music was mixed into psychedelic soul, and disco.

Now a few of those artists are making a comeback thanks to a local DJ and blogger.  In 2010 Roger Bong began collecting and cataloging these relatively unknown artists.  His project called “Aloha Got Soul” has grown in to a record label, re-releasing albums by Greenwood, Nohelani Cypriano and Mike Lundy.  The releases have become a hot item for record collectors around the world, and are being picked up by and played by notable record collectors and DJ’s like The BBC’s Giles Peterson.  

They also host a series of monthly parties entitled “Soul-time in Hawaii” which have spun out sister parties in London and Chicago.

A UK based record label called “Strut” recently released a compilation curated by Bong.  He sat down with HPR’s Nick Yee to discuss the project. 

More information can be found at Aloha Got Soul’s Website.

Listen to a preview mix of the Strut compilation.

Buy the album from Bandcamp, and other releases from Aloha Got Soul

Check out The Vinyl Factory’s short documentary on record digging in Hawai‘i: 

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