ONLINE STOCK SOLD OUT!
BUT SOME 1/2 PRICE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT
NOW LOUNGE SUMMER PARTY, JULY 29
DETAILS HERE: NOW LOUNGE SUMMER PARTY
In celebration of 15 years of one of Fukuoka’s biggest and best summer festivals Fukuoka Now is offering our international (sorry, non-Japanese only) readers a very special deal on tickets to the 15th annual “Isla de Salsa” music festival.
Tickets through us are 1/2 price! Just ¥2,250 each! Hurry and grab yours now – quantities are limited!
• These tickets are specially marked and can ONLY be used by non-Japanese persons. ID will be required upon entry to the venue.
• If the event is cancelled for any reason, like bad weather, all and any refunds are ONLY available via the Tiempo Iberoamericano office 092-762-4100
Official website with all the festival details in English, Spanish and Japanese!
Checkout our photos from last year
About This Year’s Isla de Salsa
The Isla de Salsa festival has become the biggest Latin music festival in Japan and will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. On this occasion, Isla will have a slightly different flavor with the motto “Latin Culture meets Japan”. Nationally recognized Japanese bands of various musical genres will show us their musical and cultural richness and will share the stage with Latin artists. Through this form of solidarity and union between all the participants, we hope to convey energy and encouragement, trusting in Japan’s strength to overcome the difficulties caused by the earthquake.
For the first time, a salsa orchestra beyond the frontiers of any Latin country has been chosen as the headliner band of the festival. The group Calle Real will present timba music of the 21st century — made in Sweden! Many members of the band have lived in Cuba and studied music, but none is Cuban by birth. Reflecting the highly integrated multicultural society in Sweden, the twelve band members are Swedish, but with roots in various countries such as Chile, Poland and Cuba. Its percusionist, Rickard Valdés, is the son of the 5-time Grammy winner Bebo Valdés and the brother of 8-time Grammy winner Chucho Valdés. The band sets out to create a new style of music, one that contains all the ingredients and musical influences of its preference. Pre-nominated for a Grammy for their first record (Con Fuerza); Record of the Year in France (Con Fuerza); Record revelation in France (Con Fuerza); Invited to play at the most important music festival in Cuba (Festival Benny More).
Soffet – Swing Rap
SOFFet is a rap duo that combines rap and singing in a very original way. They are in great demand at jazz, rock, and hip hop festivals for their high quality musicianship.
Brown Sugar – Dance Hall Reggae
The “toughest & sexist female duo” in Japan.
Their live performance is mainly dance hall reggae with a singjay (singer/deejay) style, a Jamaican style of reggae combining chanting and singing in an elastic scat format.
Sakishima – Okinawan Breeze
SAKISHIMA meeting is Simoji Isamu and Ara Yukito, an Okinawan music partnership. The Miyako-dialect singing of Simoji Isamu and Yaeyama folk standard-bearer Ara Yukito combine to create a fusion of great music sensibility.
…and much, much, more – visit www.isla-de-salsa.jp for all the details!