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In Tune – What makes a Rock God?

This week I met a Rock God.

To fall into that esteemed category there are some boxes that need to be ticked.

Awards won? Yes, he has 10 Grammys.

Played big festivals? His band played Woodstock in 1969.

Can he play an instrument? Rolling Stone magazine rated him one of the best in history.

I reckon that's enough merit to be in the Rock God category, don't you?

So where were we?

Oh yes, I met and interviewed Carlos Santana this week at the Mount Nelson Hotel (former guests include Mahatma Ghandi and John Lennon).

Santana was just as I expected.

Spanish accent, trademark hat and colourful shirt. The only surprise was his soft hands. We spoke about Rock God type things: musical influences, playing concerts, famous friends etc.

His eyes lit up when I asked him about his love for Richie Valens (the film La Bamba was based on his life) and in turn my eyes lit up when he said he recalls turning down the chance to work with Sixto Rodriguez back in the day... Santana felt Rodriguez kept his band too tight.

I drove home that afternoon with two autographed Santana albums in my car, completely and happily awestruck.

Carlos Santana is a Rock God.

Tweet me: @IanBredenkamp

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