Cindy Blackman Santana & Carlos Santana joined forces with SongAid and WhyHunger’s ongoing effort to fight the global hunger crisis exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic with their version of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono-penned classic “Imagine.” Starting on May 29, each week SongAid will release new music from a growing list of contributing artists. Each time a fan listens to a SongAid song, the streaming proceeds will go to WhyHunger’s Rapid Response Fund. “Imagine” will also be featured on Cindy’s new album, “Give The Drummer Some”, that will drop in the Fall of 2020, with songs that span the realm of jazz, rock, and funk and featuring Cindy’s incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone.
Imagine is available to stream from your favorite streaming providers, https://orcd.co/songaidvol1
It is an honor to work alongside WhyHunger on the SongAid campaign. We have always been strong supporters of their work and it gives us great joy to share John Lennon’s message of peace and light, together with them, to make a tangible difference in the world and feed those in need. The world is in need of a spiritual hug, healing, and love and it is our hope that the divine intentionality of ‘Imagine,’ combined with the energy, interpretation, and new arrangement, will touch your heart and feed those in need. We are in service to Yoko Ono, and everyone at WhyHunger for the incredible work they are doing and their beautiful mission to feed the hungry,” said Cindy Blackman Santana & Carlos Santana.
About Cindy Blackman Santana Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. From the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, Cindy has been touring the globe and making albums with artists including Lenny Kravitz, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. She writes, records, and performs with her own bands, Cindy Blackman Santana Group and Another Lifetime, which released its critically-acclaimed self-titled debut in 2010. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 and 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2011, she joined forces with Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, and John Medeski to form the celebrated Spectrum Road, which released an album and tour dedicated to the music of Tony Williams. In 2016, Cindy joined Santana full-time and has been mesmerizing audiences around the globe ever since. In 2017, she and Carlos teamed up with the Isley Brothers to release “Power of Peace” (SONY) and followed it up with the two most recent Santana releases: the EP In Search of Mona Lisa (2019) and full-length Africa Speaks (2019). In Fall of 2020, she will deliver a new solo album entitled, “Give The Drummer Some”, with songs produced by Narada Michael Walden that span the realm of jazz, rock, and funk and featuring Cindy’s incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone.