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A Carlos Santana album has become a cultural event, creating music that has become the soundtrack for the world. Santana transcends genres and crosses cultures like no other, and well into the fourth decade of recording and performing is at a new pinnacle in his career, more vital and relevant than ever. His signature sound ~ fusing rock, jazz, soul, Latin idioms, multi-cultural genres and more ~ is as unique as it is identifiable.

Carlos brought Mexican rhythms to rock fans in the 1970’s and has since collaborated with artists from Alice Coltrane and Willie Nelson, to newer artists such as Dido, and Rob Thomas. Through his career, Santana has retained his quest for truth, understanding and harmony. An endless experimenter always in search of inspiration, he has spent his life bridging boundaries between languages, cultures and generations. He's one of the few rock stars who could accurately be described as a truly spiritual leader.

The New Album ~ All That I Am:
Continuing down the path that began with Supernatural, Carlos has once again created a memorable set of new songs for his latest release, All That I Am. This time around, collaborators include Steven Tyler, Michelle Branch, Los Lonely Boys, Joss Stone and the Black Eyed Peas' very own among others. The set's first single, I'm Feeling You, features the Wreckers and has already started climbing up the charts. Santana's experimentation with jazz, avant-garde fusion and exotic music from other cultures has brought a fresh perspective to his playing. His early songs have become rock radio classics and are what most people remember him for ~ but this new album is sure to win him a whole new generation of fans. Courtesy his record company in India (Sony Music) only one magazine managed to get an exclusive interview transcript with the legend himself ~ and the low down on the latest offering and his spiritual needs.

Many of the older fans seem to think that you've lost the black magic you had in the earlier days and wonder if that Santana will ever return?
Santana: (Laughs) I made a conscious decision to play music not necessarily for musicians or hippies. I wanted to play for people, period. Grandparents, parents, teenagers and little children. That's how I see Santana. It just happens that hippies come along. Straight people come along. Guys with green mohawk hair…they're all in it now. Once people like you they want to chain you into like, 'Why can't you be that Carlos anymore?' That guy's dead, you know?

Why do you say that?
Santana: I die every day, man. I'm born every day. I used to be a very warrior, territorial hippie who wouldn't consider doing this or that. That person died, I'm happy to say, and gave birth to a person who's more multidimensional and willing ~ which is the key word ~ to look at myself with the same eyes that I look at Jerry Garcia, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Kenny G or Michael Bolton.

Supernatural was a massive success, thanks to your collaborations with the present generation's hip young artists. All That I Am finds you using the same formula the third time around, after 2002's Shaman…
Santana: (Laughs) I don't want people to think this is part of some formula. All of the material on this disc comes from the heart, which in itself makes the music special. Between the years 1973 through 1997, I had played all kinds of music, but it took Clive to make me realize the importance of going back to a more popular base. Our honeymoon is far from over.

Over the course of your career, your sound has changed and evolved, and yet spirituality continues to be the foundation of your music?
Santana: Spirituality to me is water. Religions are like Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, wine, beer, or whatever. But spirituality is what's really going to save you in the battle, man. Champagne is not going to do much for you in battle. And so that's how I look at things. To me, it's very clear. Your intention, motives, and purpose really define who you are. It's not whether you're Santana or Smith or Jones, or whether you're Mexican or Hebrew or Catholic or Buddhist. I don't think God and the angels see any of that stuff. They just see your intention, your motives, and your purpose.

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Santana in the October 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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