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Carlos Santana

g, voc, *1947 US, Autlán
Musician of Rock and Latin
A.k.a. Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán A Friend Devadip

Born 20 July 1947, Autlan de Novarra, Jalisco, Mexico. Santana is a veteran guitarist noted for his distinctive Tijuana jazz-influenced playing style. Born in Mexico, but resident in the USA from childhood, he has been the leader of the group Santana since 1966. Originally the 'Santana Blues Band' they debuted, as Santana, at Bill Graham's Fillmore West theater in San Francisco on June 16, 1968. His performance was recorded on film at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969 and, after the breakup of this original group, he worked and recorded with drummer Buddy Miles. Carlos then formed a duo with John McLaughlin, becoming a follower of guru Sri Chinmoy who countenanced them the titles 'Devadip' (the eye, the lamp, the light of God) and 'Mahavishnu' respectively. This duo recorded "Love Devotion Surrender" together. 'Devadip' Carlos Santana then worked with another religious disciple, Turiya Alice Coltrane, widow of John Coltrane. He ended his relationship with Chinmoy followers in 1982. From 1974 to 1999 Santana performed with a host of renowned musicians, regularly releasing albums over the years. Under his own label, Guts and Grace, he released a collaborative album, Brothers (1994) In June 1999 he released Supernatural, the biggest hit of his career, winning eight Grammy Awards. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine listed Carlos Santana at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2013 Carlos Santana earned the distinction of becoming a Kennedy Center honoree for his contribution to the arts. Carlos Santana teamed up in 2016 with two of the greatest living jazz musicians, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Herbie Hancock, in a new jazz-rock collective called Mega Nova that gave its debut performance on Wednesday, August 24 2016, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The group also features respected jazz bassist Marcus Miller and Carlos' wife/current Santana drummer, Cindy Blackman Santana.

  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Percussion
  • Backing Vocals
  • Congas
  • Rock
  • Latin
  • Jazz
  • R&B/Soul
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Greener on V I N C E N T by FKJ
MAMACITA on MAMACITA by Tyga, YG & Carlos Santana
Heartstrings (feat. Santana) on Mariposa by Felly
She's Fire on Diane Warren: The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1 by Diane Warren
Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way) [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem] (feat. Avicii & Alexandre Pires) on Dar um Jeito [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem] by Carlos Santana & Wyclef Jean
Bella on Blues For Salvador by Carlos Santana
Blues for Salvador on Blues For Salvador by Carlos Santana
Oye Como Va on Oye Como Va by Playing For Change & Carlos Santana
They All Went To Mexico (with Carlos Santana) on Half Nelson by Willie Nelson
Watina on Watina by Calypso Rose, Carlos Santana & the Garifuna Collective

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Boston, 10.06.1981Carlos Santana2018Album
Live At Hammersmith Odeon December 15th, 1976Carlos Santana2018Album
Black Magic Woman / BellaSantana, Carlos Santana2017Album
Live At Civic Auditorium San Francisco February 25th 1989Carlos Santana With Friends2017Album
Rockin' Roots Of Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana2016Album
Invitation To Illumination Live At Montreux 2011Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin2015Album
Let's Get Ourselves TogetherCarlos Santana2012Compil.
3 Original Album ClassicsCarlos Santana2010Album
Guitar LegendCarlos Santana2008Compil.
Santana - Artist TouchCarlos Santana2008Compil.
Carlos Santana MP3Carlos Santana2008Compil.
The Nagano SessionJeff Beck With Carlos Santana And Steve Lukather2008Album
Greatest HitsCarlos Santana2008Compil.
SantanaCarlos Santana2007Compil.
MP3 Collection - Part 1Carlos Santana2007Album
The CollectionCarlos Santana2006Compil.
Даёшь Музыку MP3 Collection Part 2Carlos Santana2006Compil.
Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004Carlos Santana2006Album
IllegalShakira Featuring Carlos Santana2006Single
IllegalShakira Featuring Carlos Santana2006Album
Oneness Silver Dreams Golden Reality / Mother Earth /Carlos Santana2005Compil.
Carlos Santana LiveCarlos Santana2005Compil.
Santana LiveCarlos Santana2005Album
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana2005Compil.
Playin' With CarlosCarlos Santana2005Compil.
Space Between The StarsCarlos Santana And Salvador Santana And Saunders King2005Compil.
Havana Moon / Blues For Salvador / FreedomCarlos Santana, Santana2005Compil.
Live At The 1988 Montreux Jazz FestivalCarlos Santana & Wayne Shorter Band2005Album
Love Devotion Surrender / Santana 3Carlos Santana / John McLaughlin, Santana2004Compil.
You Should Be Dancin' / Golden HoursBee Gees / Carlos Santana2004Album
Los Que TriunfaronCarlos Santana2003Compil.
Divine LoveCarlos Santana2002Album
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana2002Compil.
Santana In ConversationCarlos Santana2001Album
The Early YearsCarlos Santana2001Compil.
Samba Pa Ti The Best Of Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana2001Compil.
Divine LightCarlos Santana2001Album
SantanaCarlos Santana2001Compil.
Dirty Dancin'The Product G&B Featuring Carlos Santana2001Single
Latin TropicalCarlos Santana2001Compil.
Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)John Lee Hooker Featuring Carlos Santana2001Single
Love Devotion Surrender SessionsCarlos Santana, John McLaughlin2000Album
En VivoCarlos Santana2000Compil.
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana2000Compil.
2 Supernatural Evenings With CarlosCarlos Santana2000Album
JingoCarlos Santana2000Compil.
Jingo ManiacCarlos Santana2000Compil.
Corazon EspinadoCarlos Santana1999Single
Africa BambaCarlos Santana1999Single
SmoothCarlos Santana1999Single
To ZionLauryn Hill Featuring Carlos Santana1998Single
The Best OfCarlos Santana1998Compil.
12 Grandes Exitos En Version OriginalCarlos Santana1998Compil.
Cambodian Refugee Benefit Oakland Coliseum 1/13/80The Grateful Dead Featuring Carlos Santana1996Album
Soul SacrificeCarlos Santana1996Compil.
LiveCarlos Santana1993Compil.
Golden AgeCarlos Santana1993Compil.
Recorded Live In Chicago 1974John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana1993Album
La Pusta Del SolCarlos Santana1993Album
TropicalCarlos Santana1992Compil.
Right OnCarlos Santana1992Single
Further On Up The RoadEric Clapton featuring Carlos Santana • Keith Moon • Joe Cocker1991Album
Live In ChicagoJohn McLaughlin, Carlos Santana1990Album
In ConcertThe Grateful Dead Featuring Carlos Santana And Stephen Stills1990Album
Latin TropicalCarlos Santana1990Compil.
The HealerJohn Lee Hooker Starring Carlos Santana & The Santana Band1989Single
The HealerJohn Lee Hooker With Carlos Santana & The Santana Band1989Single
Carlos Santana / Weather ReportCarlos Santana / Weather Report1989Compil.
I'm In The Mood / The HealerJohn Lee Hooker With Bonnie Raitt With Carlos Santana & The Santana Band1989Single
Blues For SalvadorCarlos Santana & Chester Thompson1988Single
Welcome / Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles "Live"Santana / Carlos Santana And Buddy Miles1988Compil.
Blues For SalvadorCarlos Santana1987Album
His Fantastic InstrumentalsCarlos Santana1984Compil.
Dylan + Santana En EspañaBob Dylan + Carlos Santana1984Compil.
They All Went To MexicoCarlos Santana1983Single
Havana MoonCarlos Santana1983Album
Watch Your StepCarlos Santana1983Single
They All Went To MexicoCarlos Santana And Willie Nelson1983Single
Havana MoonCarlos Santana1983Single
WinningCarlos Santana1981Single
Song For My BrotherCarlos Santana1980Album
The Swing Of DelightCarlos Santana1980Album
La Llave / Song For My BrotherCarlos Santana1980Single
The Solo Guitar Of Devadip Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana1979Album
Live! / Love Devotion SurrenderCarlos Santana And Buddy Miles And John McLaughlin1976Compil.
Eric Clapton Jamming With SantanaEric Clapton, Carlos Santana1975Album
IlluminationsCarlos Santana & Alice Coltrane1974Album
Śpiewające WichryCarlos Santana1973Single
Love Devotion SurrenderCarlos Santana & John McLaughlin1973Album
Love Devotion SurrenderCarlos Santana & John McLaughlin1973Album
Them ChangesCarlos Santana & Buddy Miles1972Single
Evil WaysCarlos Santana & Buddy Miles1972Single
Carlos Santana Y Buddy Miles En VivoCarlos Santana1972Single
Evil Ways / Marcia Da "Arancia Meccanica" (Clockwork Orange) Beethoven: Quarto Tempo Della Nona SinfoniaCarlos Santana & Buddy Miles / Walter Carlos1972Single
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!Carlos Santana And Buddy Miles1972Album
MP3 Collection - Part 1Carlos SantanaAlbum
MP3 Collection - Part 2Carlos SantanaAlbum
Rock Legend (Music Legend)Carlos SantanaCompil.
The King Of PriestsMiles Davis Featuring Robben Ford & Carlos SantanaAlbum
Just Call / Her I Go AgainCarlos Santana Feat. Sean Paul & Joss Stone / Rihanna Feat. J-StatusSingle
MP3 Collection - Part 2Carlos SantanaAlbum
Love Devotion Surrender / AmigosCarlos Santana / John McLaughlin, SantanaCompil.
Hot BoyzMaria MariaMissy Elliott, Carlos SantanaSingle
Live On AirCarlos SantanaAlbum
MP3 - Part 1Carlos SantanaCompil.
DeLuxe Collection MP3Carlos Santana, SantanaCompil.
Cry Baby Cry / Here I Go AgainCarlos Santana / RihannaSingle
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