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, 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.
His nephew, Víctor Hugo Aguilar, is a voice actor and ADR director.
Tropes associated with Carlos Santana include:
- Cool Old Guy: He's still going strong in his 70s!
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was sexually abused as a child for two years by the father of a friend, and he played mariachi in plenty of truly disgusting and depraved brothels in Tijuana with his father.
- Epic Rocking: 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 "Free Form Funkafied Filth."
- Iconic Item: His Gibson SGs, and later his Prs Santana signature models.
- I Am the Band: His band is even named after him.
- Nice Hat: Seldom seen without a hat or a bandana.
- Simple, yet Awesome: For such an acclaimed guitarist, Santana tends to keep things simple, focusing on melody than fast playing.