Carlos Santana, the living legend of 'latin' rock guitar, is alive and well, having carved out not only a name for himself, but a new genre of music (much like Bob Marley). That genre was/is 'Latin' Rock.
The band that bore his name, Santana, appeared during a crucial time in both social and musical history. But where is the band that is poised to take over that legacy?
The Greatful Dead (jam band pioneers) have Phish and others to carry on where they left off. Return To Forever (jazz/rock fusion pioneers), amazingly, is still alive. And Chick Corea has his Electric Band, the natural follow-up to RTF, co-operating with the original unit (talk about longevity).
But where are the sons of Santana? Anyone aware about modern Latin Rock groups who are carrying this torch? Los Lonely Boys (who had a hit in '96, 'Heaven') certainly made a good first impression.
Perhaps The Latino rock genre has evolved or adapted to a new audience that likes a varied diet. Perhaps it has been displaced by artists like Lila Downs or Pedro Luis E a parede or similar. Santana occupies a good spot in my memory along with guys like Chuck Berry or Gabby Pahinui - Pioneers is what they were. Now Calexico or The White Stripes are perhaps pointing the route. Well anyway thanks for bringing it up. Regards