And on Friday, another new song was premiered from the record, for which Carlos and his band pulled from a variety of eclectic, worldly influences.
Here’s a video for “Breaking Down the Door,” a Latin-infused composition featuring vocals from Buika:
Said Santana in a statement about Africa Speaks:
“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.”
Here’s “Los Invisibles,” which was premiered previously and also features Buika on lead vocals:
And here’s the track listing — notice the lengths of the songs included. This sounds like it’ll be quite a jammed-out album, by the looks of things …
1. “Africa Speaks” (4:47)
2. “Batonga” (5:43)
3. “Oye Este Mi Canto” (5:58)
4. “Yo Me Lo Merezco” (6:12)
5. “Blue Skies” (9:08)
6. “Paraísos Quemados” (5:59)
7. “Breaking Down The Door” (4:30)
8. “Los Invisibles” (5:54)
9. “Luna Hechicera” (4:47)
10. “Bembele” (5:51)
11. “Candombe Cumbele” (5:36)
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.