Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican American rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Music/{{Santana}}, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s.

Magazine/RollingStone recognizes Santana as the twentieth greatest guitarist of all time on their list of [[UsefulNotes/RollingStone100GreatestGuitaristsOfAllTime 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time]]. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.

!!Tropes associated with Carlos Santana include:

* CoolOldGuy: He's still going strong at age 70!
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Was [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-epic-life-of-carlos-santana-20000316?page=7 sexually abused]] as a child for two years by the father of a friend, and he played mariachi in plenty of [[DenOfIniquity truly disgusting and depraved brothels]] in Tijuana with his father.
* EpicRocking: He is known for his lengthy and virtuoso guitar solos.
** Check out, for example, from ''Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!'' with the 25-minute jam [[AlliterativeTitle "Free Form Funkafied Filth."]]
* IAmTheBand: His band is even named after him.
* NiceHat: Seldom seen without a hat or a bandana.