“It’s like my own little mission, trying to spread the love vibration in my music. I always try to bring people to a higher consciousness in my shows.” – Loyal Garner
Mike Lundy’s The Rhythm Of Life is as serious of a ‘holy grail’ as they come. It’s funky as hell, rare, and every song is channeled from the furthest reaches possible within one man’s soul. Mike Lundy goes deep, is what I’m trying to say.
“Back then all those bands was positive: Kool & The Gang, Commodores, Earth Wind & Fire. It was all uplifting, it was all high energy. Everybody go crazy when their songs comes on. It still sounds fresh…”
You all know Nohelani Cypriano. She’s probably the reason why you love Hawaiian funk music. Her LP, Around Again, has been on your list of most-wanted albums for a long time because no matter how many times you listen to “Lihue”, you keep coming back for more. I can gratefully say that today I had the special privilege of asking Nohelani some in-depth questions about her music career. What I’ve learned from our conversation is this: Nohelani was ahead of her time. But I’ll let her tell you about it.
Phil Keat and Steve Wofford spent two weeks recording their debut LP, “Road To Home” in Herb Ono’s Sounds of Hawaii studio. With appearances from artists like Henry Kapono and Gaylord Holomalia, “Road To Home” is a pleasant mixture of gentle, soulful tunes reminiscent of Country Comfort and American soft rock/AOR of the era. But I’ll let Phil Keat tell you more about it.
Surrounding yourself with musicians is a great way to stay inspired. Living with them in a huge house by the beach? Even better. Ron Yuen of the Hawaii band Summer recalls living with the members of Kalapana—including Mackey Feary, DJ Pratt, Malani Bilyeu, Alvin Fejarang—at a house in Malibu. Here’s part 2 of my interview with Ron Yuen.
searching the Internet for more information about Weekends on Malibu, the brilliant sophomore album by Summer, was like digging through hundreds of LPs without a sliver of hope you’ll find what you’re looking for. So I decided to go to the source, Ron Yuen, the guitarist and lead vocalist for Summer.
Sincerity breeds positive feelings in the people around you. Just ask Ira Nepus, a trombone player from Hawaii by way of Los Angeles, California. At the age of 65, Ira Nepus has focused his efforts for the past 26 years on one of his greatest passions: music.
Social media is a marvelous thing. Case in point: I tweeted about Babadu a few months ago and @itsscottyk retweeted. Turns out it was drummer Scott Koher, who played on Babadu’s album and a number of other Hawaiian soul, jazz, and funk recordings.
Aloha Got Soul just got more fans in South America, thanks to the Brazilian black music blog known as coletivoACTION, which features rare groove music from around the world. Check out the mixtape “E komo mai! The cozy grooves of Hawaii” plus an interview with yours truly.