Headliner 2024



This year marks the commemorative 25th edition of Isla De Salsa. In previous years, we have invited top salsa orchestras from abroad, but this time, in a reversal of tradition, we have decided to invite "Orquesta De La Luz," a salsa orchestra representing Japan and active on the world stage, as the main band for this year's festival!

Japanese Salsa band “Orquesta De La Luz” was formed in 1984. The group revealed their sounds to the United States when the lead singer NORA brought a demo tape to New York in 1987 and they began touring in 1989.
In 1990, the orchestra released its first album “De La Luz” on BMG Victor Records in Japan and released in the United States under the name “Salsa Caliente Del Japón”. The album became number one on Billboard's Latin chart for 11 consecutive weeks and the group became one of the most prominent Japanese orchestras to ever play Tropical music earning international critical acclaim in Japan and the United States.
The Orquesta De La Luz, which has achieved remarkable success with accolades such as the United Nations Peace Prize ('93), Grammy Award nominations ('95), Special Prize at the Japan Record Awards ('91 & '93), New York Critics' Award ('91 & '92), tours in 23 countries worldwide, and appearances on NHK's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" ('93), as well as collaborations with Carlos Santana, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year! In May, the band will release their commemorative 40th-anniversary album "Más Caliente," featuring original songs and covers, with the participation of renowned artists from Japan and abroad including Maki Ohguro (Makita Gomez), Rose Toma, and Naoto Inti Raymi. Orquesta De La Luz, boasting immense popularity not only in Japan but also overseas, especially in the United States and Central and South America, truly represents Japan as a salsa band that is admired worldwide.