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Carlos Santana is a global icon, one of the most famous musicians in the world and has been so for over four decades. Very few people in the music industry have this kind of staying power; the passion and the soul Santana puts into his music touches people, wherever they are. His music goes beyond any cultural or national boundaries and is loved by all, the young and the young-at-heart.
Santana’s recent album, Corazón, released jointly by RCA/Sony Latin Iberia was one impressive collaborative effort that featured some of the most famous names in Latin music besides Santana himself, such as ChocQuibTown, Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Ziggy Marley, Juanes, Miguel, Wayne Shorter, Diego Torres, Niña Pastori, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Romeo Santos, Cindy Blackman Santana, Soledad, and others. Interestingly, this is also the very first time in his illustrious career that Santana has worked on a Latin music album.
Corazón may be described as a Latin-pop version of the of Santana’s all time hit, Supernatural, which was released in 1999 and featured an all-star cast of some of the most popular names in music. Corazón features “Oye 2014” which refreshes Santana’s popular “Oye Como Va,” done over 45 years ago, for a new generation The rap by Pitbull is as racy as ever (“We making history, baby, like Nelson Mandela did!”).
The collaborative effort with Romeo Santos in the “Margarita” is one of the highlights of the album, and Santos’ affected tenor is what makes the song work. “Mal Bicho,” with the extremely popular Argentine ska band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, can only be described as effervescent cumbia-psych-skapunk with immaculate bee-sting riffs. The generic jam, “La Flaca,” with rising Colombian star Juanes is fun as well.