Orquesta De La Luz

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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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A Japanese conglomeration; Orquesta de la Luz, created salsa industry history by generating the fastest ever sales for a debut album. Latinos were clearly flattered to have members of another culture, especially the Japanese, perform their music so competently. Orquesta De La Luz were formed in Tokyo in 1984 by former funk musicians, singer Nora Shoji and percussionist Gen Ogimi. In 1988 Nora journeyed to New York, USA armed with demonstration tapes. She so impressed booking agent Richie Bonilla that he brought them over to the New York to perform in August 1989. The band made a tremendous impact with audiences and was approached by the city’s leading salsa promoter, Ralph Mercado, who signed them to his RMM Records label.

Orquesta De La Luz’s first album, Salsa Caliente Del Japón/Hot Salsa From Japan, was released to coincide with their return to New York in the summer of 1990, which included an appearance at the first part...

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