Santana New Album, ‘Africa Speaks’: Listen

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A new album by Santana, titled Africa Speaks, will be released on June 7 via Concord Records. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album, according to the announcement, “goes deeper and further than ever before to create one of the most groundbreaking albums yet.”

Listen to several tracks below.

Santana and his band convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, Calif., and recorded “an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take,” says the pre-release info. Another dramatic element in the creation of Africa Speaks came in the form of Spanish singer Buika, “whose heavenly lead vocals cast a magical spell throughout the album.”

Watch the animated video for “Yo Me Lo Merezco,” released on May 17

​The first track from the album, “Los Invisibles,” featuring Buika, was released in March. Scroll down to watch the video.

Africa Speaks Track Listing
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. Paraisos 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)

Watch the video for “Los Invisibles” from Africa Speaks

Related: Read our interview with Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana (photo by Marylene Eytier, used with permission)

Santana 2019 Tour Dates
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May 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 26 House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
May 26 BottleRock Napa Valley Napa Valley, CA,
Jun 20 FivePoint Amphitheatre Irvine, CA
Jun 22 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Jun 23 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre San Diego (Chula Vista), CA
Jun 24 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
Jun 26 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Jun 27 Toyota Amphitheatre Wheatland, CA
Jun 29 White River Amphitheatre Auburn, WA
Jun 30 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Ridgefield (Portland, OR), WA
Jul 02 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City (West Valley City), UT
Jul 03 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
Jul 06 Dos Equis Pavilion Dallas, TX
Jul 07 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
Jul 09 Austin360 Amphitheater Austin, TX
Jul 11 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
Jul 12 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis, MO
Aug 03 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Aug 04 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago (Tinley Park), IL
Aug 06 Budweiser Stage Toronto, ON, Canada
Aug 07 Blossom Music Center Cleveland (Cuyahoga Falls), OH
Aug 09 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center Indianapolis, IN
Aug 10 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Aug 11 DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit, MI
Aug 13 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte, NC
Aug 14 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, DC
Aug 16 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen,NY
Aug 17 Bethel Woods Center For The Arts Bethel, NY
Aug 18 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
Aug 20 Xfinity Center Boston (Mansfield), MA
Aug 21 XFINITY Theatre Hartford, CT
Aug 23 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
Aug 24 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
Aug 25 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
Sep 18, 20-22, 25, 27-29 House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
Oct 30, Nov 1-3, 6, 8-10 House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, NV

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  1. CarlosFire4Hire
    #1 CarlosFire4Hire 21 May, 2019, 22:10

    Jeff Beck once said that Carlos Santana is “like an oak tree, always there”. I tend to agree. This is an artist always reaching for more. I have been a fan for many years and as long as he and the band continue to release great material I will remain a fan. I look forward to this new batch of songs. From what I’ve heard so far, it’s another winner. Long live Santana!!

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