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Offline Johnnie F.

Santana to return to Thailand; special guest: Carabao
« on: January 15, 2013, 10:54:59 AM »
Santana to return to Thailand; will be joined by special guest, Carabao

  Latin-rock guitar legend Carlos Santana is returning to Bangkok to perform a concert at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani on March 6, 2013, which will also feature special guest, veteran Thai rock band, Carabao.

BEC-Tero has brought Santana to Thailand on three previous occasions – enjoying sell out Bangkok shows in 1986, 2003 and 2011. The guitar legend’s list of classic songs include smash hits Smooth, The Game of Love, Black Magic Women, Gypsy Queen, Oye Como Va, Jingo, Maria Maria, and more. The “Santana: The Sentient Tour” concert in March 2013 will also feature legendary Thai folk/rock band, Carabao, as special guest. Carabao are avowed big fans of Santana and even paid tribute to the latin-rock legend in a special album entitled “Carabao Santana (Sam-Cha Latin)” in 1999.

Carlos Santana has been widely praised as one of the most unique guitarists in the world. For more than 40 years in the music industry, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project - 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). In 1998, Santana was installed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.”

Santana came in at #20 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The magazine cited, “Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.” And, with his 2010 release Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, Santana joined The Rolling Stones to become one of only two bands that has scored at least one Top Ten Album in each decade since the 1960s.

Santana: The Sentient Tour tickets will go on sale on December 15, 2012 at all Thaiticketmajor outlets. Ticket prices are 1,000 / 2,000 / 3,000 / 4,000 baht and 5,000 baht for the Gold Package.

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Re: Santana to return to Thailand; special guest: Carabao
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 10:58:22 AM »
There's no doubt that he's an accomplished musician but the Latin cum Blues fusion doesn't work for me.

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Santana to return to Thailand; special guest: Carabao
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 11:09:25 AM »
At least they're not super-charging for tickets, what those elderly gentlemen from London, the Rolling Stones, are known for. I think Santana together with the band who covered so many of his songs in Thai will be highly appreciated by the Thai audience.
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Re: Santana to return to Thailand; special guest: Carabao
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 05:54:55 PM »
Wow.  Must try and get tickets for this, provided not too late.  Thaiga, will you be making a guest appearance?  Saf, I think Santana is something unique.  You cannot put him in a box labelled blues or Latin America.  Just listen and much energy, so much fun.
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Santana jams with Carabao during Bangkok stopover

A crowd peppered with ponytails, bandanas and cowboy hats filled Impact Arena last night as Carlos Santana delivered a set of soulful tunes to the countrymen and women of Thailand.

Prior to Santana’s energetic performance, local legend Carabao took the stage. As he did so, a bevy of hands shot up, flashing the popular Carabao sign – a thumb and pinky outstretched to resemble buffalo horns. These slowly turned to revolutionary fists, which struck the air along with the beat as the band played its popular “songs for life.”

Santana opened with an instrumental intro that explored different musical genres from around the world before switching gears to focus on his signature, Latin-influenced guitar solos. After Santana had played a few lesser-known songs, the crowd started getting up and dancing to the popular “Maria Maria.”

To keep the energy up, Santana called Carabao onstage for a duel performance of the song “Exodus,” by reggae legend Bob Marley. Carlos and Carabao’s guitarist performed a series of call-and-response guitar solos that provoked tremendous applause from the crowd. There were moments when a certain disconnect between the two popular singers became apparent, especially when Santana urged Carabao to take the microphone and sing a verse of “Exodus,” to which the latter replied, “I don’t know what to sing!”

After that bass-driven, reggae collaboration, Santana unleashed another crowd pleaser: a sultry musician named Cindy Blackman. During the song “Corazon Espinado”, Blackman took to the drums and performed a 10-minute solo.

Santana closed with his hit single “Smooth” before returning once more to perform “Soul Sacrifice” – a tune that had originally gained popularity at Woodstock in 1969.

The Singha-sponsored event drew an older crowd, with equal proportions of Thais and foreigners. It was clear that the foreigners in the crowd were well acquainted with Carabao. Many demonstrated their enthusiasm by belting out Thai country tunes with gusto.

As with other events put on by BEC-TERO, Santana’s show in Bangkok was well organized. Surprisingly, Carabao took the stage on time, at 8:30pm sharp, which allowed plenty of time for Santana’s two-hour set.

True to their respective styles, both bands kept the lighting and effects very simple and understated. Santana accompanied his set with a video compilation of his past concerts, as well as short clips of Latin women grooving and African tribesmen dancing to the bongo. He often paused to engage the crowd with some interesting banter.

While introducing the song “Batuka,” he said, “We are not plastic, we a not synthetic, we’re not pathetic – we are for real! For real, real. And real people always feel gooooood. Do you feel good? Well you’re gonna feel better!”

And the crowd went wild.

Video of the song

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Re: Santana to return to Thailand; special guest: Carabao
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2013, 08:00:14 PM »
Carabao had an open air concert in PTC last night. The road was subject to a tight police and military check. All scooter boys were checked for knives , booze and drugs because their open air concerts are bedeviled by violence.