About

Aloha Got Soul is a blog-turned-record label with a mission of bringing rare and relatively unknown music of Hawai‘i to the surface, as well as contributing to the diversity of Hawai‘i’s music scene and strengthening its reputation in the global music community.

Roger Bong started Aloha Got Soul in 2010 after hearing DJ Muro’s Hawaiian Breaks mix. In 2015, after five years of digging up out-of-print music and retelling artists’ stories through blog posts, interviews, and mixtapes, Roger evolved Aloha Got Soul into a record label. Download a high resolution image here.

A brief timeline:

August 2010 — Roger launches the blog, Aloha Got Soul (here’s the very first post)
March 2014 — Roger collaborates with London-based DJ Cedric Bardawil to create Soul Time In Hawaii
January 2015 — Roger launches the label, Aloha Got Soul. During the same month, Soul Time in Chicago kicks off.
January 2017 — Aloha Got Soul begins filming its first documentary with filmmaking friends from Brazil.
May 2017 — First domestic event outside of Hawaii (aside from Soul Time gigs): Six of Saturns at Ace Hotel during the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
May 2017 — First overseas event: Soul Time in Tokyo and “Central Pacific Time” art show at Beams in Harajuku and a-bridge in Sangenjaya.

Press:

BRUTUS
Contrast Magazine
Wax Poetics
Deutschlandradio Kultur
GQ Korea
Gilles Peterson Worldwide BBC Radio 6
Worldwide FM
Hawaii Public Radio (1) (2)
Honolulu Magazine
Hana Hou!
HAWAII Magazine
FLUX Hawaii
Halekulani Living
Jetstar Magazine
anna magazine
Record Collector UK
Majestic Disorder
Bandcamp Daily

Location

We currently do not have a physical location. Our releases are available at select retail locations in Hawaii and worldwide. Find a shop near you →