Carlos Santana is a pioneer in synthesizing musical styles
from different cultures. Born in the village of Autlan,
Mexico, Santana was introduced at age five to traditional
Mexican music by his father, an experienced mariachi violinist.
After his family moved to Tijuana and later settled in San
Francisco, the Santana Blues Band burst onto the West Coast
music scene in the late 1960s. Thirty years later-with more
than fifty million records sold, and a record-tying nine
Grammy awards in 1999-Santana continues to blend Afro-Cuban
rhythms, twelve-bar American blues, and his singular guitar
style to capture a diverse international audience.In 2003, Santana
was listed as number 15 on Rolling Stone’s list, 100 Greatest Guitarists
of All Time.
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