// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

Rock guitarist Carlos Santana reunites with homeless ex-bandmate

Rock guitarist Carlos Santana reunites with homeless ex-bandmate

PanARMENIAN.Net - A news reporter for a San Francisco television station has reunited rock guitarist Carlos Santana with a former bandmate he hadn't seen in decades and who now lives on the streets of Oakland, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Reporter Stanley Roberts ran into percussionist Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone while working on a story about illegal dumping last week, KRON-TV in San Francisco reports.

Although he initially was skeptical of the homeless man's claim that the Santana Blues Band got its start in his mother's garage in the late 1960s, Roberts checked out the story and confirmed it. And on Friday, he took Santana for a surprise visit to the camper where Malone has been staying.

"You don't know how afraid I am to let you see me," Malone said softly after he and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer embraced.

"We cherish you," Santana replied. "It's an honor to be in your presence."

Santana has credited Malone with being an important influence on his Afro-Latin sound, according to former Rolling Stone magazine writer Ben Fong-Torres' book Not Fade Away: A Backstage Ticket to 20 years of Rock & Roll.

Malone played congas on Santana's eponymous first album, but left the band in 1969 shortly before its seminal performance at Woodstock when he was imprisoned for manslaughter, according to Fong-Torres.

The two men told Roberts they had not seen each other since then. During their meeting on Friday, Santana promised to bring Malone a set of congas and to help him get on his feet.

Since Roberts' story aired, another original member of the Santana Blues Band, percussionist Rod Harper, and producer Bobby Scott also have expressed interest in reuniting with Malone.

 Top stories
The film will add to awareness as it looks at eyewitness testimonies recorded in the 1980s to help understand the severity of the tragedy.
Already included in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity are the Duduk, Armenian khachkar, lavash,”David of Sassoun.”
She joins an impressive group of fashion moguls on the list that includes Spanx founder Sara Blakely and bridal tycoon Vera Wang.
It’s only the second movie of 2016 to cross the 10-figure threshold, the other being fellow Disney title “Captain America: Civil War.”
Partner news