About

Aloha Got Soul started as a blog in 2010 with a focus on 1970s and 80s jazz, funk, soul and R&B music from Hawaii.

Today, we're a record label that reissues rare, out-of-print music from the islands and champions progressive new sounds from Hawaii.

Since it's evolution from blog to record label, Aloha Got Soul has committed itself to exploring every corner of Hawaii for the best music, regardless of genre or generation.  

 

Who We Are

Roger Bong
Chief Curator
@rogerbong

Roger launched Aloha Got Soul in 2010 after graduating with a journalism degree and — more importantly — after hearing DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks mix. Roger's love for story, music and design drives Aloha Got Soul forward. He runs the label from his apartment in Honolulu. 

Don Hernandez (Vinyl Don)
Chief Archivist
@djvinyldon

A lifelong collector, DJ and musician, Vinyl Don digs deeper than most when it comes to Hawaii's rich musical history. Don's unmatched passion and dedication to music from the Hawaiian Islands ensures that Aloha Got Soul leaves no stone unturned. Don shares selections from his collections every week with his Mahalo Monday series, live from Los Angeles. Reyn Spooner only.

Oliver Seguin (Oliver Twist)
Champion Selector

Unearthing rare, wondrous Hawaiian records wherever he goes is Oliver Twist, an underground staple in Hawaii hip hop's earlier years. Oliver's DJ selections are second-to-none — check out the 8 hours, 100% Hawaiian vinyl session from 2015. And his original productions? For the heads. 

Hashim Bharoocha
Japan Rep
@hashimvision

Bridging the Pacific gap is Hashim Bharoocha, who joined Aloha Got Soul to help facilitate projects in his motherland, Japan. Fluent in English and Japanese, Hashim brings both professionalism and musical knowledge to the label. He creates music with his wife as SunEye in Los Angeles.

A few more things...

We believe that Hawaii's artists should freely explore and define their musical identities. We hope to connect with the past and build toward the future.

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