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Inspired by Africa? Carlos Santana releases ‘Africa Speaks’ album

Multiple award-winning musician, Carlos Santana has released an album inspired by African rhythms and themes, perhaps as a sign of how African music is currently impacting on the global scene, although he wouldn’t be the first.

 Santana hosted a listening event at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Knight Bilham Photo)
Santana hosted a listening event at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Knight Bilham Photo)

The music legend unveiled his new album, “Africa Speaks,” at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday morning. Spanish vocalist Buika, who sang on many of the tracks, was at his side. 

The album was recorded in less than two weeks at renowned producer Rick Rubin’s studio in L.A. Forty-nine songs were recorded. Eleven made the final release.

“The rest are incubating,” Santana said after Tuesday’s listen-back event, in which three songs were sampled. “They are still growing.”

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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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