Robert Byrne’s “Blame It On The Night”

Covered by the Fabulous Krush but eternalized by its original composer on the AOR album of the same name, "Blame It On The Night" is one of the most laid-back tunes ever. But it wasn't written by a Hawaiian musician, yet it's worth mentioning on this Hawaiian music blog! The late Robert Byrne, a resident [...]

Babadu Babadu ST LP 1979

Babadu LP has surfaced online

My favorite Stevie Wonder-esque Hawaiian funk and soul singer, Babadu, recently made an appearance online—via download. I. love. this. album. Each song immediately paints my mood with sunny, aloha-inspired energy. Please remember, Aloha Got Soul is not the kind of Hawaiian music blog that willingly uploads Hawaiian music for free download. Every download you see [...]

Aura “Yesterday’s Love”

Since my interview with Toshi, whose label Cool Sound reissued an album by Aura, I've been meaning to post my own videos of Aura's music... but why wait if someone else has one up? Here's an outstanding track about love lost, called "Yesterday's Love". It gives me chills to listen to! Her voice is so [...]

“Tender Leaf has arrived”

(This post has been updated since its original version first appeared) Today marks an important moment in Aloha Got Soul's existence, as well as the history of Hawaiian music (in my opinion, at least). I've been lucky enough to interview—let alone track down—Murray Compoc Spencer, the lead singer from Tender Leaf. Tender Leaf was a [...]

Vic Malo – “S/T”

Sometimes my focus gets lost so deeply in the instrumentation of a song that I forget to listen to the vocalist! With Vic Malo's LP, this happens to me quite often. Guitars, orchestration/strings, keyboards, horns—everything complements everything, no musical opportunity was lost in the songwriting and arrangements (with the help of Don Ralke). Of course, [...]