New Santana Album "Africa Speaks"

Santana has a new album out; since it's not quite jazz, and I'm not sure if it's Rock, I'll just throw it up for grabs and see who likes it.

Africa Speaks is inspired by music from the continent of Africa, and has been called a "unique fusion of rock, Latin and jazz". Many of the album's tracks were recorded in one take. The album features vocals from Spanish singer Buika.

Africa Speaks was released on June 7, 2019 by Concord Records and Suretone Records, but this is the first time I've seen it on "you-tube"

Since it has been hard for me to find anything by Santana that I didn't like, I'll refrain from expressing my biased opinion.

What do you think?

Showing 13 responses by orpheus10

This will be my last and final post on "Audiogon"; some will be happy, some will be sad, but I'm moving on.

I'm making this post in honor of "Carlos Santana", one of the greatest musicians of my generation, and I say this with the authority vested in me as a music lover.

"Woodstock"; in August of 1969, Carlos Santana let the world know who he was and what he could do with a guitar; from that time on, he only needed one name "Santana".

"Epiphany" is defined as an appearance or manifestation; Santana was both, he was the appearance of a guitar deity, and the manifestation of "Latin Rock"; plus, for me personally, a trip into another reality.

"Abraxas" Singing Winds, Crying Beasts; I wore out three LP's of that album, and presently own 1 new LP, plus 2 CD's; to say that I like that album is an understatement.

Santana had "it", and he still got it.

My CD was delivered by a pony express rider who was flagged down by one of "Miss Kitty's" girls along the way; hence, it took awhile for me to get it.

This thread would be incomplete without my final evaluation, and that required the physical CD. Unfortunately, I agree with the "audiophiles" about the recording downfalls of this CD; however, I give the music an "A", that's because I began listening to music with a complete rig that came in something that looked like a "small" suitcase; consequently, it's easy for me to separate the music from the recording quality.

Although I found the title to be slightly misleading, the music was pure "Santana" and I enjoyed it. I hope Santana gets this message and never again records such a sorry CD from a technical point of view.

Nothing can ever beat anything from Woodstock for those who were in a "Woodstock frame of mind" at that time. Since I'm one of those individuals, I simply shove that comparison aside.

This is Santana's best ever; it has the maturity and vision that comes with age and wisdom. The more you listen, the better it gets. That statement is applicable for those who speak Santana's language and know where he's coming from.

It seems that everyone is comparing Santana to their last favorite Santana going all the way back to "Woodstock"; that was 50 years ago, how much have you changed since Woodstock?

I've followed Santana all along since then, I understand how he's developed his universal global philosophy; he doesn't consider himself a citizen of any country, but a person in harmony with all mankind. That's in strong contrast to most people.

At the time of "Abraxas" I was into Abraxas; at this time, I'm into "Africa Speaks"; the album is quite apparent and speaks for itself; some people like chocolate while others like vanilla, that's the nature of music.

"Seriously, no one even thinks to comment on the way a once great talent completely sold out to the dark side? On an audiophile site? Circling the drain, we are."

Millercarbon, could you expand, and expound on that statement; I didn't understand what you meant?
Thank you for your comments Frogman.

The title of the album is "Africa Speaks" and I didn't hear Africa Speak; Buika is Spanish, that's where she was born, and she's speaking Spanish not Swahili.

I still like Santana's guitar, it was varied enough for me; but since it had Africa in the title, the album needed more African hot sauce. Maybe he should have borrowed Blakey's drummers;

I'm with you my friend.

The walking dead would suck the life out of Cuba; it's best that they stay here.

I have that CD Treebeard, plus a number of other Putumayo CD's; they're all nice, I like the rhythms.

Everyone says this CD is compressed, does anyone know what would be the purpose of producing a compressed CD?