Aloha Got Soul

Maryanne ito

Singer, songwriter Maryanne Ito is a single mother of two, and she was serious about her full time insurance career, when her debut album reached #4 on the U.K. Soul Chart. That was 2014. Five years later, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the Hawai‘i-based singer is back from a smash tour of Japan, and ready to release her latest album.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, Paige Okamura selects her favorite artists that have performed on NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert and is joined in the studio by Roger and Lei Bong of Aloha Got Soul.

Mark Kushimi
Mark Kushimi


There was a short window in the late 1970’s when Hawaiian music was mixed into psychedelic soul, and disco.