Aloha Got Soul adds a unique dialogue to the history of Hawaii’s music.
Roger Bong digs for vinyl records almost too obscure to be true: Hawaiian black music. With Aloha Got Soul, he documents a lost era of jazz, funk, soul and rare groove recorded in Hawaii. This uniquely niche sound has attracted praise from tastemakers around the world, including Craig Charles (BBC Radio 6), Bill Brewster (DJHistory.com), Trip Magazine (Brazil), iCrates (Berlin), Heavy Soul Brutha (heavysoulbrutha.com), and many more.
Roger founded Aloha Got Soul in 2010 after hearing DJ Muro’s Hawaiian Breaks mix. In 2012, Roger released six mixtapes on his blog, including the powerful Pupu Mix. Since then, the website has quickly become the top destination for Hawaiian funk, soul, jazz and rare groove music.
All words, photos, and graphic design by Roger Bong, unless otherwise noted.
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Press & Appearances:
Artistic Manifesto – 11/27/2012
Bama Love Soul
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show – YouTube
Radio 2SER Sydney, Australia