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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: 

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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