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I first heard about the group as a child walking with my parents in a Montenegrin summer resort.The music of an instrumental was heard from a nearby restaurant, I later found out that it was Santana's Europe!
Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (July 20, 1947), known as Carlos Santana or just Santana, is an American "Latin rock" musician and guitarist, originally from Mexico. He is a Grammy Award winner.
He became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, the Santana Blues Band, which most commonly appeared under the name "Santana" and which created a very successful mix of salsa, rock, blues and jazz. Their sound is marked by Santanino, often with a very high and clean guitar line that contrasts with Latin American instrumentations on dairas and congas. Santana continued to work in this way for the next decades, and experienced a sudden reaffirmation of its popularity in the late 1990s.
It is estimated that during his career, he sold about 80 million albums worldwide.
Santana was born in Autlan de Navarro, in the Mexican state of Jalisco. He developed an interest in music very early, taking violin lessons from the age of five. Santana's life relationship with the guitar, the instrument that will make him a musical icon, began a few years later, when his family moved to Tijuana. He tried to imitate his guitar heroes with whom he was fascinated, such as John Lee Hooker, Ti Boone Walker and BBC King, whom he listened to on American radio stations from the Mexican-American border. In 1961, Santana managed to move to the United States to the city of San Francisco.
Seven interesting facts about this fantastic guitarist:
1.The first instrument he learned to play was the violin.
2.Before he became famous, Carlos washed the dishes in a restaurant in San Francisco.
3.He is a big fan of books. His official website contains a list of books that are "On Carlos' bookshelf." These are the titles he recommends to his fans!
4.Santana was a worldwide success, and the album "Supernatural" won 9 Grammy Awards and sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
5.Santana is the owner of a chain of restaurants named after the song of the same name "Maria, Maria". They opened in 2008 and are located in five locations between San Francisco, Texas and Arizona.
6.Carlos married his drummer Cindy Blackman. He proposed during a concert in Chicago in July 2010, and the two were married the same year in Hawaii.
7.The guitarist also has his own shoe brand, and part of the proceeds from the sale is donated to the Milagro Foundation, which since 1998 has been helping children around the world to be treated, educated or trained in the field of art.
Exactly 51 years after the beginning of his music career, the famous guitarist Carlos Santana gathered the original line-up of the "Santana band".
After the unforgettable performance of the group at "Woodstock", the legendary guitarist said: The significance of "Woodstock" was primarily in the fact that we realized that we did not want a war in Vietnam, that we did not like Nixon. The hippie movement has made an exceptional contribution not only in music, but above all in awakening consciousness. Some may not want to admit it, but the sixties marked the evolution of spirituality and consciousness - he said, quoting Lennon along the way:- We hippies believe that we are a big family and that we should treat each other with respect, kindness and gentleness.
This band, led by the god of guitar, as many call Santana, marked the beginning of the seventies with the records "Abraxas", "Santana III", and the new album of the original line-up of the group is based on the mentioned releases.
"We did not force anything. I believe that the fans will recognize the band's signature, because it was magical ", said Santana, who still considers himself a real musician:
- There is a difference between real musicians and those who are in show business, entertainers. There is nothing wrong with that, but only a few, like Michael Jackson, James Brown or Prince, could combine music with show business.
Jorge Santana was Carlos ’youngest brother and played in his Santana ensemble. Carlos wrote on Friday, May 15, that Jorge died a natural death.
"We will take the time to celebrate the wonderful spirit of our beloved brother Jorge. He passed the world of light without shadows. The eyes of my heart see him in the company of our wonderful parents, mother Josefina and father Jose, ”Carlos Santana wrote in a Facebook post.