Santana Details New Rick Rubin-Produced Album, ‘Africa Speaks,’ Out June 7

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Last month, Santana‘s new album Africa Speaks was previewed with an eclectic track titled “Los Invisibles,” a collaboration between Carlos, his band and Spanish vocalist Buika.

The song is our first listen to material from Santana’s new record, which was produced by Rick Rubin and has a scheduled release date of June 7. On Thursday, Santana revealed more about the record, which you can pre-order now at this link.

Via the official Santana website:

Africa Speaks is the new energy-infused, full-length album from Santana. It features the soulful vocals of Afro-Latin singer Buika and was produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin. Santana and his eight-piece band (featuring his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and in a joyous and stimulating 10-day period they recorded an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take. Inspired by the melodies, sounds and rhythms of Africa, Santana has created a truly memorable and powerful experience that also promises to be one of his most groundbreaking albums yet.

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.

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