Musician Carlos Santana on Helping, Healing and the Song Inside Us All
Chris Kudialis - Las Vegas Weekly
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September 16, 2016
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With six Las Vegas House of Blues shows scheduled in the next two weeks, Carlos Santana is still rocking in full force.
A six-year Las Vegas resident, Santana, 69, will also launch the Santana Telehealth Project, serving malnourished children in his hometown of Autlán de Navarro, Mexico, with a benefits concert on September 24. A regular contributor to four major charities in California and Mexico, Santana has donated millions of dollars to hospitals and schools for local charities over his career.
He sat down with the Weekly to discuss his charity work, his return to the House of Blues and motivation after more than 40 years as a world-renowned guitarist.
"What really gives me the most supreme satisfaction is knowing that I can be of service and knowing that I can make a difference in people’s lives. Since I moved here to Las Vegas, I’ve been so impressed, inspired, encouraged and uplifted by how many organizations of people have passion for compassion. Of how many people have velocity and traction for being of service to other people.
The only thing I knew before moving here was Andre Agassi and Steffi [Graf], what they’re doing with their school. And Three Square [Food Bank]. But I soon discovered seven to 11 other organizations, and it just made me realize that besides the entertainment part, there are a frequency of St. Anthonys here—of people who only wake up to heal, to tend, to uplift, to encourage and give more than tangible hope.
With the Milagro Foundation, we have a clinic in Autlán where I was born, everywhere I’ve been. We have a school in Los Angeles, and we tend to the needs to the many children around the world. Healing clefts, in South America or India, or even helping people in San Francisco.
People who believe in our foundation send requests in, and we see which ones are the most pressing. We always choose the highest priority of seven people or things at a time to take care of, because I like the number seven. Otherwise, if you’re spread too thin, it’s like putting rain in the desert; you don’t see the fruit of your labors.
We’re practical at this point, and we’re grateful we have the means and the resources to help children around the world. Education, healing, anything and everything we can do to help young minds believe that their future is assured."
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