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Santana News

Carlos Santana to become a church minister

Guitarist says he will switch career in six years

  • Oct 6, 2008

Carlos Santana to launch restaurant chain

Guitarist to take upscale Mexican food to the masses

  • Feb 16, 2007

AND THE CROWD SAY BO! ELECTAS

LA's glitterati gear up for the Grammys, and stars are honoured for raising awareness among young American voters...

  • Feb 21, 2001

SANTANA SMOOTHES THINGS OVER WITH FAMILY

The multiple Grammy-winning guitarist plans a year off so he can stay at home...

  • Dec 4, 2000

SANTANA COMPOSES STAR GUEST WISH-LIST

[a]Prince[/a], [a]Aretha Franklin[/a] and [a]Sting[/a] are among the names mooted...

  • Aug 14, 2000

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Santana Music Videos

Santana Play Video

Santana

Watch the official Santana video by Kayah in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

La Flaca Play Video

La Flaca

Watch the official La Flaca video by Santana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Margarita Play Video

Margarita

Watch the official Margarita video by Santana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Indy Play Video

Indy

Watch the official Indy video by Santana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Iron Lion Zion Play Video

Iron Lion Zion

Watch the official Iron Lion Zion video by Santana in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Santana Reviews

London Wembley Arena

London Wembley Arena

[I] NME [/I]is in hell. When everybody is screaming, nobody can hear you scream...

  • Jun 30, 2000

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Santana Biography

Santana is a Latin rock band. Founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s, it is based around the compositions and playing of lead guitarist and founder Carlos Santana. The band first came to widespread public attention when their performance of their Latin rock song "Soul Sacrifice" at Woodstock in 1969 provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This exposure helped propel their first album, also named Santana, into a hit, followed in the next two years by the successful Abraxas and Santana III.

In the years that followed lineup changes were common. Carlos Santana's increasing involvement with guru Sri Chinmoy took the band into more esoteric music, though never quite losing its initial Latin influence.

In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve being honored.

The band has earned eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the latter all in 2000. Carlos also won Grammy Awards as a solo artist in 1989 and 2003. Santana has sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling groups of all time. In 2013, Santana announced a reunion of the classic line-up for a new record, predicting a 2014 release.

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