Carlos Santana has shared a new track from his upcoming album, Africa Speaks, which is set for release via Concord Records. The song, “Los Invisibles,” features the legendary guitarist teaming with his current band and special guest vocalist Buika, along with producer Rick Rubin, who helmed the new record.
“Everyone knows that my first passion is African music, since the beginning,” Santana explained to Jambands.com when discussing Africa Speaks in an interview earlier this year. “When we recorded 49 songs in 10 days, Rick asked, ‘Who do you want to be the singer in this particular adventure?’ And I told him, ‘I only hear two ladies: Laura Mvula and Buika.’ So Laura sings on one of the songs and everything else was done with Buika. Buika is a combination of Nina Simone, Etta James, Tina, Aretha, but she doesn’t sound like them. She also has this African Flamenco thing.”
“Wait until you hear this thing,” Santana also said of Africa Speaks. “From the first note, it gives you total chills.”
Listen to “Los Invisibles” below. Santana and his band have a run of Mexico shows this week before kicking off a US tour next month, which will include a stop at New Orleans Jazz Fest. See the guitarist’s full schedule here.