Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (Autlán de Navarro, 20 July 1947) is a guitarist and Mexican composer born American. It began to bring agreement between the seventies and eighties, with his group, called simply Santana. Even then mixed various genres, such as salsa, classic rock, blues and fusion. So like his guitar solos Santana today used extensively and also availed of more traditional tools of his country. He later went on to experiment with this formula, including mixed fortunes. During the nineties Santana risked decline, averted in 1999 from the album Supernatural. Through this work, the most important success of his career, he made known his musical philosophy to new generations.
It has sold over 80 million records and is also considered among the best existing rock guitarists. Rolling Stone magazine has included in the list of the 100 greatest guitarists according to Rolling Stone at the 20th place.