New on Strut for March 2016, ‘Aloha Got Soul’ encom­pass­es a vibrant era of con­tem­po­rary music made in Hawai’i dur­ing the 1970s to the mid-1980s as jazz, rock, funk, dis­co and R&B co-exist­ed alongside Hawaiian folk music. Aloha Got Soul, out February 19th 2016, is com­piled and anno­tat­ed by Roger Bong and fea­tures rare pho­tos and orig­i­nal art­work.


AlohaGS-covThis February, an inspired col­lec­tion of funk, dis­co, jazz and AOR record­ed in Hawaii shi­nes a whole new light on the islands’ music cul­ture. Aloha Got Soul encom­pass­es a vibrant and var­ied era of record­ings made dur­ing the 1970s and ear­ly 1980s, many of which nev­er received atten­tion on the main­land, despite bril­liant­ly tal­ent­ed musi­cians, reg­u­lar gigs and full album releas­es. Thanks large­ly to col­lec­tor and DJ Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul, a new inter­est in this fer­tile era of Hawaiian music has steadi­ly grown in recent years, cul­mi­nat­ing in this new com­pi­la­tion of over­looked gems.
The influ­ence of Western music in Hawaii dates back as far as the rag­time era with the cre­ation of hapa haole music (“half Hawaiian, half Caucasian”), but from the ear­ly 1960s with the island’s new American state­hood sta­tus and the influx of rock’n’roll, a pro­lif­er­a­tion of new bands, night clubs and influ­en­tial radio DJs like Tom Moffatt ush­ered in a boom in hybrid sounds. By the late ‘70s, the influ­ence of bands like Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power had sparked a rich, close-knit soul scene on the islands led by jazz-funk inno­va­tors Seawind (CTI Records). Artists like Aura, Nohelani Cypriano and Mike Lundy shone bright­ly but rel­a­tive­ly briefly through to the mid’-80s.


CD / 2LP / DL

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MARCH 18th 2016