Fresh off of receiving his Kennedy Center Honors Award last week, Carlos Santana took the stage with his band Santana this past Saturday, December 14th 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 Corazon 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 manyof 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.
“It was a profound honor to share this evening with all my brothers and sisters who have come together to share their hearts’ music with us.”
A few days prior to the concert, Santana himself filmed interviews for the forthcoming documentary entitled Live It To Believe It, on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. He 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.
“It was a profound honor to share this evening with all my brothers and sisters who have come together to share their hearts’ music with us,” Carlos Santana says of the event. “It was especially moving for me to perform this show in Guadalajara, so close to where I was born and first experienced the joys of this life. I am thankful to everyone, all the artists, bands, crew, managers, SONY and the staff at Arena VFG for making this one of the most memorable concerts in my lifetime. ”
“Santana’s concert was amazing,” states Rodolfo López Negrete, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board. “The collaborations with such an array of top artists were powerful. This project will add to the promotion of Mexico as a world-class tourism destination where important events occur. The forthcoming DVD and television special Corazón, Live from Mexico, Live It to Believe It offers a great opportunity to touch Mexico’s rich culture, diversity and its beautiful destinations.”
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.