Fresh off of receiving his Kennedy Center Honors Award last week, Carlos Santana took the stage with his band Santana this past Saturday for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event performing to a sold out house at Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Mexico. Santana was joined by some of Latin’s music biggest and brightest stars including ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Miguel, Fher Olvera of Maná, Niña Pastori, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Romeo Santos, Soledad and Diego Torres, performing songs from his forthcoming studio album “Corazón” to be released in spring 2014. The live concert will be released on DVD next year and will premiere on HBO Latino and HBO Latin America in spring 2014.
The concert also featured some of Santana’s greatest hits including a rendition of “Corazón Espinado” featuring Fher Olvera of Maná and Cindy Blackman Santana on drums, “Maria, Maria” featuring Miguel, “Oye Como Va,” “Samba Pa Ti” and many others. One of the many highlights of the night was the performance of the new single “La Flaca” where Santana was joined by Juanes on stage and a performance of “Saideira”, the Portuguese language single, featuring Samuel Rosa of Skank. Both Juanes and Fher Olvera of Maná joined Carlos Santana only last week in Washington, DC when Santana received his Kennedy Center Honors award at a gala celebration also marking his incredible contribution as a national artistic treasure. Other highlights included Gloria Estefan singing “Besos De Lejos,” Romeo Santos on “Margarita,” Miguel on “Indy Jones,” “Iron Lion Zion” with Elan Atias and ChoQuibTown, and “Una Noche A Napoli” with Lila Downs, Niña Pastori, and Soledad.
Santana was also joined by mariachi musicians onstage and later by many of his special guests for an electrifying finale of the traditional Mexican song “Cielito Lindo.” The concert, which took place 120 miles from Autlán where Carlos was born, was a true celebration of Carlos’ Mexican and Latin heritage, as well as a homecoming for him. It was also a fitting tribute for the musical icon who has influenced so many Latin recording artists and has been integral to Latin culture and art over the past decades.
A few days prior to the concert, Carlos filmed interviews for the forthcoming documentary entitled “Live It To Believe It,” on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. Carlos was joined in Nayarit by ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Juanes, Niña Pastori, Fher Olvera of Maná, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Salvador Santana, Soledad, and Cindy Blackman Santana, who were interviewed in various locations throughout the Nayarit Riviera. The documentary will be included in the DVD release of the show set for release in spring 2014 and will also be featured as part of the HBO special in spring 2014.
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