Aspire to Inspire

The same night Woodstock ‘99 went up in flames, an icon of the original 1969 event kept the fire of peace and love burning a continent away. As fans literally raped and pillaged in New York, guitarist Carlos Santana joined hip-hop diva Lauryn Hill in California to play "To Zion," Hill’s song celebrating the birth of her first child and the Creator’s gift of life.

Fifty-two-year-old Santana and 24-year-old Hill bridge a generation of musicians who perform music with the conscious aim of transforming their listeners and creating positive change in the world. Despite how corny this idealism may seem by the bonfires of late ‘90s cynicism, it hasn’t dissuaded artists like Santana and Hill from spreading the spirit that characterized the first Woodstock.

Supernatural, Santana’s latest release, captures the artist’s spiritual collaborations with some of the biggest names in today’s music industry. Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Everlast, and Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas all make appearances on this album, blending their own styles and genres with the distinctive sound of Santana’s guitar. Supernatural also features singer Eagle-Eye Cherry, Latin music producer K.C. Porter, Rock-en-Espa±ol superstars Mana, and a bluesy call-and-response duet with Eric Clapton—where at least Carlos picks with someone his own age!

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Sojourners Magazine November-December 1999
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