Iconic Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana has assembled an all-star cast of Latin talent for his latest album ‘Corazón’.
Forty-five years after shooting to global fame at Woodstock, Santana finally gets to embrace his Latin heritage in a big way, with the collaboration of artists like Pitbull, Gloria Estefan and Ziggy Marley.
He believes his music – a fusion ranging from rock to salsa, hip-hop and reggae – speaks a universal language.
“I’m not showbiz and entertainment, I’m an activist, you know, I’m a person who with passion believes that we can change the world, we can transform hate and fear forever with the right songs and the right timing,” he says.
A DVD is launched alongside the album featuring a once-in-a-lifetime concert in Guadalajara, Mexico last December, where Santana and his guests performed most of the album’s songs in celebration of their Latin music heritage.
Santana is also embarking on a North American summer tour with Rod Stewart: “Both of us love to play spiritual music to touch all hearts. That’s one thing. The rascal in me, the rebel rascal, the divine rascal says, ‘We both love black music. We like to play black music for white people’,” said Santana with a smile.
Ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the 10-time Grammy Award winner is among the top 15 Greatest Guitarists of All Time according to Rolling Stone magazine.
After completing his ‘Corazón’ world tour, Santana plans to record and tour with his original band members.