Back for its 21st year, Fukuoka’s largest latin music festival Isla de Salsa brings together the top level Latin and Salsa musical talents from around the world to the sunny sands of Nokonoshima Island – less than an hour from Tenjin. This year is no exception, with fourteen bands and individual musicians set to bring their passionate performances to the Beat Stage in 2017. Alongside various dance performances, artistic installations, the sandy beach, and great food and drinks, these musical groups will set this year’s festival alight with their flair. Check out the biographies of the musicians below.
• 8/26 (Sat.), 8/27 (Sun.)
• 13:00~20:00 (doors open 11:00)
• Adv.: ¥3,800, college to JHS: ¥1,800, ES & under: free
• Nokonoshima Campground (10 min. ferry from Meinohama + free shuttle bus)
• 092-762-4100 (Tiempo)
Saturday, August 26
Alexander LP and Puros Habanos feat. Carlos Cespedes – Renowned Cuban composer, conductor, and singer Alexander Lavolde formed the group Puros Habanos in 2007, and their organic, upbeat sound has brought them acclaim throughout Japan and internationally ever since.
Paco Renteria – Mexican guitarist Paco Renteria has wowed audiences with his improvised masterpieces for over two decades, and he has appeared on multiple Hollywood soundtracks as an internationally recognized pioneer of flamenco composition.
Pinto con Pintura – This seven piece ensemble from Fukuoka were formed in 2012 and have toured Japan extensively sharing their Cuban flavor fused with Japanese personality.
Fukuoka Joe – Fukuoka-based jazz sextet Fukuoka Joe have been producing bop jazz sounds for over twenty years and look forward to returning to Isla de Salsa for another great year.
Bogey – Bogey is a jack of all trades, including writing, illustration, DJing, etc., and the punchy guitar and vocals of this father of three will surely get you dancing.
Hakata Industry High School Music Department – This Latin group is formed entirely of Japanese high school students who bring their youthful energy and enthusiasm to every performance, including their recent collaboration with salsa legend Ross van Ban.
Sunday, August 27
Eddie Ortez and Son Caribe – Hailing from Hawaii, this hot salsa band has brought vibrancy and soul to their various collaborations over the years including Celia Cruz and Poncho Sanchez, and look forward to working with Fukuoka group Pinto Con Pintura at this year’s Isla de Salsa.
Almoraima – With four albums to their name so far and extensive appearances throughout Europe, the sounds of the Middle East are married with flamenco passion in the lively work of this group from Italy.
Rijchary – The lightness of pipes is brought together with soaring vocals, percussion and guitar by the four Peruvians making up Rijchary, the Nippon TV series ‘Throat Jam the World’ champions for Spring 2017.
Orquesta Yambe – This multinational band based in Nagoya includes musicians from Japan, Peru, and Bolivia, and has been bringing passionate salsa sounds to the Japanese Latin scene since 2010.
Machao Arriba – The smooth sound of jazz and Latin rhythm are melded beautifully by Machao Arriba, a Fukuoka-based ensemble that continues to mesmerise audiences with their musicianship and passion for performance.
Takeshi Kitagawa – A guitarist of exceptional skill and melodic sensitivity, Takeshi Kitagawa’s performances of dynamic original compositions have taken him all over Asia and are sure to captivate all who have the pleasure of watching him perform.
Didjemaka – With skill harnessed while living in Australia, this Japanese didgeridoo performer has brought the sound of the Aborigines to stages and classrooms across Japan for almost two decades.
Various dance performances will also hit Isla de Salsa 2017, including Pablo Sosa, Yenis Flores, and Marcelo Stella, bringing the flair of Argentine tango, salsa, flamenco, and even belly dancing to the stage!