Today, June 7, Santana returned with a new album — but Africa Speaks isn’t just another album of classic guitar sounds and pulsating Latin beats from Carlos and his band. Pick up a copy of the album by clicking here.
No, this record, which features vocals from Spanish singer Buika throughout most of its tracks, is a worldly, eclectic affair. Rhythmic drums and a strong passion for the art at hand is what’s on display here, and it’s truly a strong listen from start to finish.
In the build-up to the album’s release, Santana issued statements about the record, explaining the point of the project:
“This is music that I hold so dearly, and it’s not a stranger to me,” he says. “The rhythms, grooves and melodies from Africa have always inspired me. It’s in my DNA. If you take your inspiration from many, it’s called research. I researched this beautiful music from the African continent. They have a frequency that’s all their own. It’s funny, because when I play in Africa, people say, ‘How do you know our music?’ And I say, ‘How can I not know what I love?’”
“This record was meant to be,” he says. “It was like a gift that came from heaven that we received and were meant to give to the masses. We validate people’s existence and touch on so many emotions – there’s humor, beauty, grace and the human existence. We look forward to touring this album over the next year.”
Stream Africa Speaks below, via Spotify:
In addition to the new record, Santana will also take part in the festivities honoring the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock concert as part of the bill (alongside Ringo Starr) at the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festivalthe Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, set for August 15-18.
And that’s just part of Santana’s lengthy upcoming tour schedule, which will run for months and visit major cities all around the world. Visit his official site for full details.