Latin rock with jazz, blues & ethnic influence
No other musician ever coalesced blues, rock, jazz and Latin music into as influential and recognizable a style as Carlos Santana, who comes to Pori with a 10-piece band featuring two vocalists, horns and
a percussion section.
Carlos was born in Mexico in 1947 a mariachi violinist’s son and started with violin himself, but soon changed to guitar, inspired by John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. Moving to San Francisco from
Tijuana in 1961 he founded the Santana Blues Band that became Santana as the Latin influence grew in the eagerly experimenting atmosphere of the late 60’s. Heartfelt melodiousness, fierce rhythmic
drive and jazzy improvisation became the cornerstones of Carlos’ fluid guitar style.
Santana became a sensation right from the first album (Santana, 1969) with its unique sound and hits started to come. Soul Sacrifice, Black Magic Woman, Samba Pa Ti and Oye Como Va are now evergreens in
The band has so far done 30 albums – not counting Carlos’ solo records and joint ventures – and sold over 90 million albums. Stars like Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and
Will.I.Am feature on Santana’s latter albums. Earlier Carlos has collaborated with John McLaughlin, Buddy Miles and Wayne Shorter.