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Santana and Buika Back to the Roots

Santana – Africa Speaks (Concord Records, 2019)

Two iconic artists, guitarist Carlos Santana and vocalist Santana teamed up to record a superb album titled Africa Speaks .

Carlos Santana brought to the table his wide-ranging experience in mixing Afro-Cuban music with rock, jazz and other global music influences. Afro-Spanish singer Buika is deeply influenced by the African music of her parents, flamenco, jazz, soul and Afropop.

Santana – Africa Speaks

Together, Santana and Buika deliver a remarkable album, where two unique sounds meet and intertwine:  Santana’s highly recognizable electric guitar and Buika’s distinctive voice and singing style.

Santana was a pioneer in world fusion, combining Cuban music and rock in his early albums. Now, rock, African, flamenco and Afro-Latin sounds come together in an explosive mix on Africa Speaks.

This is music that I hold so dearly, and it’s not a stranger to me,” says Carlos Santana. “The rhythms, grooves and melodies from Africa have always inspired me. It’s in my DNA. If you take your inspiration from many, it’s called research. I researched this beautiful music from the African continent. They have a frequency that’s all their own. It’s funny, because when I play in Africa, people say, ‘How do you know our music?’ And I say, ‘How can I not know what I love?’”

Personnel: Carlos Santana on lead electric and rhythm guitars, backing vocals and percussion; Buika on lead vocals; Laura Mvula on backing vocals; Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums; Salvador Santana on keyboards; Tommy Anthony on rhythm guitar; Benny Rietveld on bass; Karl Perazzo on timbales, congas and percussion; David K. Mathews on Hammond B3 organ and keyboards; Andy Vargas on backing vocals; and Ray Greene on backing vocals.

Africa Speaks brings out of the best of Santana and Buika: memorable guitars and exceptionally expressive vocals rooted in African traditions. One of Santana’s finest albums in many years.

Buy Africa Speaks in the Americas

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Guitar Masters Pay Tribute to the Music of Santana

Various Artists - Viva Carlos - A Supernatural Marathon Celebration
Various Artists –
Viva Carlos – A Supernatural Marathon Celebration

Various Artists

Viva Carlos – A Supernatural Marathon Celebration (Tone Center TC 40522, 2006)

The CD Viva Carlos (Tone Center SH – 11862) is a tribute to Carlos Santana, one of the first musicians who has fused rock with Latin music. The artists chosen are well known in the American electric guitar world. They are some of the best US-based players in the fusion jazz, electric blues and rock genres.

Each selected piece features a guitar soloist accompanied by a reputable house band formed by Dave Weckl on drums, Abe Laboriel on bass, Peter Wolf on keyboards, and Luis Conte on percussion.

The pieces chosen are popular Santana songs, primarily instrumental, many of which became hits throughout the past 3 decades. The CD begins with “Se acabó,” featuring Vinnie Moore. This is followed by one Santana’s most popular instrumentals, “Europa,” performed by Jeff Richman (who produced the album).

The energetic “Jingo” features the scorching guitar of Eric Gales and is one of the strongest pieces on the record because it captures the might of rock guitar and a powerful rhythm section.

Tito Puente’s famous song “Oye como va” has been performed by numerous artists. In this case Mike Stern was the elected guitarist and he gives it a jazzy groove (for another great version, check the recording by Cuban band Klimax).

Another popular instrumental, “Moonflower,” is transformed into smooth jazz by Pat Martino.

One of the finest rock guitarists, Eric Johnson, participates in the album with “Aqua Marine.” Johnson’s delivery is impeccable and a true delight, blues-rock style.

Australian shredder Frank Gambale plays “Samba de Sausalito.” Another favorite is the excellent version of “Blues for Salvador” by the masterful Robben Ford on guitar, which also features great electric organ work by Peter Wolf.

“Samba Pa Ti” is played by Albert Lee. The last piece is “Jungle Strut.” The artist chosen is the only Hispanic guitarist on the album, blues guitarist Coco Montoya, who delivers a scorching and skillful performance rivaled by the dexterous organ solos by Peter Wolf.

Buy this electric guitar fest: Viva Carlos.