Moving to the States in 1970, the rug was literally pulled out from under my feet when I witnessed this Latino- rock-fusion band, composed of cats that resembled street hoods and that anchored their mesmerizing sound around the beats and tones of the conga drums! I was hooked! And, I haven’t looked back since.
These clips portray the original Santana Band line-up, with Michael Carabello on congas, Jose “Chepito” Areas on timbales, and Mike Shrieve on trap drums…all of whom I’ve since met and hung out with during my own professional touring.
Enjoy the hot, fiery grooves!