``I'm not show biz and entertainment, I'm an activist,'' he
said. ``I'm a person who with passion believes that we can
change the world, we can transform hate and fear forever with
the right songs and the right timing.''
Santana's latest album, ``Corazon,'' debuted at No. 9 on
the Billboard 200 albums chart last week. It features Juanes,
Gloria Estefan, and Miguel, and Santana said it
wasn't hard finding ``Cinderella or Cinderfella'' to guest on
the songs, which he calls ``glass slippers.''
``We said, `Hey man, this is going to be great at the Latin
Grammys. We got to make an impact there,''' he recalled. ``And I
go, `Latin Grammys, why stop there? Why don't we go to the World
Cup?' Well guess what, we're closing the World Cup with brother
In an interview with The Associated Press, Santana, 66, had
advice for Jay Z, and talked about his tour with Rod
Stewart, which kicks off Friday in Albany, New York.
AP: How does it feel to release another album?
Santana: I feel really, really honored to gain people's trust.
People opened their hearts and their wallets. ... It allows me
to do more things with my brother Harry Belafonte and
(activist) Dolores Huerta. ... And so we want to have a
concert and bring Jamie Foxx and different kinds of artists,
musicians of all colors and utilize this attention and this
energy. ... Obviously (with) what happened with Donald
Sterling and what's happening with people throwing bananas
at soccer stadiums, you know, we have a lot to heal.
AP: Who else do you want to invite to the concert?
Santana: I'd like to bring (NBA Hall of Famer) Dr. J (Julius
Erving) and (former NBA player and mayor of Sacramento) Kevin
Johnson to San Quentin and talk to the brothers, black and
brown, broadcast it in all the prisons and call the event `You
Cannot Break My Spirit.'
AP: How did your tour with Rod Stewart come about?
Santana: I can say it the way Wayne Shorter and Herbie
Hancock would say it, `Both of us love to play spiritual
music to touch all hearts.' That's one thing. The rascal in me
... says, `We both love black music. We like to play black music
for white people.'
AP: There are a number of collaborative tours this summer, from
Kiss and Def Leppard to Beyonce and Jay Z. Who would you like to
see hit the road together?
Santana: I'd like to see Metallica and Wayne Shorter and Herbie
Hancock to broaden the wings. Metallica did a thing with a
symphony, so they're capable, of course, of playing without
volume or with volume. I just like to expand popularity with
genius. ... I invite brothers like Jay Z who have the money to
start bringing the African brothers back to the United States.
Since 9/11, if your name is Idrissa Diop or if you have a Muslim
name, they won't let you in. But they let the Irish people in
and they let the Canadian people in and people from Australia.
Man, how come you don't let the African people come in? ... If I
had the money and the means that Jay Z has, I would bring
African musicians. ... I'm going to invite them. We're going to
create something like this in Las Vegas where we can
co-headline, because these brothers need to be taken to schools
in America so the brothers (here) can learn how to play the
drums again. That's the thing I have in common with Africa _ I
understand the drum ... it's in my DNA.
Editor’s Note: Santana will be performing in Cleveland on May 29th
at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.