All lovers of Latin American music should know who Carlos Santana is. If you don’t, not to worry, we’ll introduce you to the icon. The Mexican-American musician, songwriter, bandleader is an undeniable legend and one for the ages.
Who is Carlos Santana? Age
The legend, Carlos Santana, was born on the 20th of July, 1947 in Autlán de Navarro in Mexico. Carlos was known in the late 60’s and early 70’s where he hit the peak of his career, creating a new genre of music which was a mix of rock and Latin American jazz.
His band had a unique sound which was a fusion of instruments such as timbales and congas which are not generally used for rock music. The band also featured his own iconic guitar tunes to create Latin and African rhythms that made its mark in the industry and World.
His iconic sound then was always the height of universal appeal and in today’s world, it is in sync with the 21st-century musical landscape. Carlos, along with his lifelong global music career, was known for his humanitarian outreach and social activism, making him an impeccable world citizen as well as a music icon.
Carlos Santana: Career
It was at the San Francisco Bay Area music shows in the 1960’s that Carlos Santana’s band stepped onto the global stage at the Woodstock festival in 1969. In the same year, he made his musical debut with Evil Ways which stayed on the billboard for two years. The hit song was followed by two more classics, solidifying Santana’s position as a musician for the ages.
Carlos Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached about a 100 million fans worldwide. Till date, the musician has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards. In 1998, the band was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. On the 3rd of December, 2013 he received the Kennedy Center Honors Award. He has also made it to Rolling Stone magazine as #15 on the “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list.
In 2014, Carlos Santana wrote a memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light” which featured true inner self-discovery in music and personal tales filled with his life lessons. In 2017, Carlos and Cindy Blackman Santana joined The Isley Brothers to release The Power Of Peace album, celebrating the ageless, ever pleasant sounds of jazz, funk, soul, blues and pop.
Carlos Santana: Wife And Kids
Carlos Santana was first married to his ex-wife, Deborah Santana, for 34 years from April 21, 1973, to October 19, 2007. The two cited irreconcilable differences in their divorce. Deborah did make mention of Carlos’s unfaithfulness in their marriage, which he apologized for.
Deborah Santana is a beautiful woman, author, poet, activist and philanthropist. The stunning woman is known for her marvellous writing in her book “Space Between The Stars: A Memoir which was released in 2008. In all her works, she speaks for social justice and peace of the society and nation. The couple has three children together.
Salvador Santana, who was born on the 22nd May 1983, is the eldest of the three children and the only son of Carlos Santana. He has a talent for the electronic keyboard which he started playing at the age of five. He composed the hit track El Farol with his father. Some of his own recordings include; Keyboard City, Rise up and a few others.
Stella Santana is the second child and first daughter of Carlos Santana with Deborah. She was born in 1985. Stella recently released an album called Selfish, she says the title is inspired by her journey to find her self and her signature sound in music.
Angelica Santana is the third child and second daughter Carlos Santana had with Deborah. She was born in 1990. She played herself in Road To Ingwavuma. We don’t know if Angelica’s path would lead her to music too but we are waiting on whatever she brings.
After his divorce from Deborah, the musician got married to Cindy Blackman on December 19, 2010. The couple is still together after several years of marriage.
Cindy was born on the 18th of November, 1959. She’s a rare female drummer and has a strong attachment to jazz and rock music, even considering jazz the highest form of music one can play.
Net Worth Of Carlos Santana
The Mexican-American musician has a net worth of $40 million. He’s one of the richest rock stars alive. His total net worth is a testament to the years he has spent in the industry and the legacy he has built.
Is Carlos Santana Dead?
Carlos Santana was ‘murdered’ on Twitter following the rumour of a Canadian reporter who claimed that he was found dead in his vehicle. The rumours spread that the icon was taken away at age 68. Thankfully, we were saved by follow up information from Carlos and his team, ensuring everyone that the musician is alive and well.