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ALOHA GOT SOUL

In 1978, Nova performed for Obama. Well, kind of: Nova was the band for the Punahou School prom in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a young student named Barack (known then as “Barry”) was in attendance.
Backtrack to 1976, and Nova was the opening band for Donald Byrd at the nearby Blaisdell Arena. The day was Sunday, June 27. The following day, Isaac Hayes would perform on island for the admission price of $1.
Nova, led by singer Checo Tohomaso, was one of several go-to party bands during the golden era of Hawaii funk and soul music in the mid-1970s through early 1980s.
The band’s infectious gospel-funk-disco can be heard on their sole release, a self-titled 1980 LP that feels like one big party recorded live in the studio. (Check out the Marvin Gaye-inspired “I Feel Like Getting Down” on the 2016 ‘Aloha Got Soul’ compilation on Strut Records).
The story is all too familiar, however: funk band releases LP, the music goes dormant in years to follow, and today original copies sell for hundreds online.
Not long after the album’s 1980 release, Checo met Marvin Gaye, who was living on Maui (where George Benson also resided). Shortly after, Marvin invited Checo and his counterparts to join his multi-city tour across Europe. Videos of Checo rocking keyboards, percussion and singing background vocals for Marvin Gaye’s last European tour can be found online.
Checo, born in Florida yet raised in lush Manoa Valley as well as Okinawa, Japan, now resides in Vancouver, Canada, where he leads the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir and continues to deliver his signature sound: high energy, positive, “sweet soul” music.
AGS-7010 features two non-stop groovers with a 7” edit by Roger Bong on the A-side. LP reissue in the works!"

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01. Can We Do It Good
02. I Like It, The Way You Dance

The latest lavish reissue on Aloha Got Soul brings to light the music of Robert Æolus Myers, featuring recordings from 1982 to 2006 that were previously available only on cassette or CD. "A Retrospective" tells the story of a man whose music elevates its listeners to a place of inspiration and enlightenment. Often ethereal, Æolus’ music is driven by synthesizers, melodic flutes, sweeping patterns, and subtle rhythms to seed inspiration from deep within the listener. One might assume that Æolus carved a new path for electronic music in Hawai‘i, but the islands never quite fully embraced the burgeoning New Age scene that Æolus found himself a part of during the 1980s and the early 1990s. Few artists in Hawaii have produced a body of work, let alone embarked on a musical journey, such as the one that Æolus has created. For Aloha Got Soul, this release marks a new chapter of bringing rare and relatively unknown music of Hawai‘i to the surface. 

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says: Aloha Got Soul shine up the orgonite and light the incense for a sublime retrospective of Hawaiian new age hero ÆOLUS. High grade healing frequencies found within!

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Orion
Jungle Love
Mystery Of Music Park
Archangel Michael
Ecstasy
Father's Sorrow
Nowhere To Run
Magma Mana
Cosmic Snails
All Souls
Deep
The Magician
On Angels

Al Nobriga

My Last Disco Song

    A rare look into the discotheque era of Waikiki, brought to us by the best Hawaiian label going. "I wrote it about a girl I was dating, she was from New York. She loved discos. All she wanted to do was go to the disco and dance." Super limited.


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