(19th April, 2022 – Oxnard, CA) Latin Percussion (LP) is proud to announce another milestone collaboration with multi Grammy Award winner and philanthropist, Carlos Santana. The existing line-up of Santana branded drums and collectables now features Africa Speaks and Black Magic instruments to further complement the line.
Santana’s relationship with LP spans more than fifty years. During that time, he and his band members have played a wide variety of the company’s percussion instruments, both live and in concert. The band’s signature blend of Latin infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa and Africa rhythms have become synonymous with LP.
The all-new Africa Speaks congas are constructed utilizing 3-ply Siam Oak staves, and are finished in a Yellow Stain Lacquer that is embellished with the “African Mask” graphic art from Santana’s 2019 release. Included in the collection are matching Bongos (LP201AX-SAS), Quinto (LP522X-SAS), Conga (LP559X-SAS) and Tumba (LP552X-SAS). All are custom fitted with handpicked rawhide heads and chrome Comfort Curve II® rims.
Also new to the LP Santana offering are a newly-designed set of 10 and 11-inch Aspire Black Magic congas. The drums come complete with a sturdy double conga stand (LPA646-BM), while a matching set of bongos (LPA601-BM) is also available. The Siam Oak shells are finished in a stunning Black Sparkle Lacquer with black powder coated hardware and natural rawhide heads.
To satisfy LP and Santana fans alike, two new Santana mini-tuneable congas have also been added to the collection. The first design is an exact mini replica of the Africa Speaks pro conga. Others include an elegant Black Lacquer drum featuring the Santana Lion Art album artwork and a White Lacquer drum with the classic Abraxas artwork. The tuneable and playable minis are 11” tall with 4-1/2” rawhide heads, a mini Comfort Curve® rim and brushed nickel plated hardware.
Carlos Santana commented “It is an honor to partner with LP and share the Africa Speaks & Black Magic Congas/Bongos with the world. Since the 1970’s LP has been the heartbeat of music and especially Santana music. LP products have impeccable integrity, craftsmanship and are a must have for any percussionist. Combined with the vision-art of Santana, these Congas and Bongos are the condiments, nutrients and ingredients to a delicious life.”
To find out more about the Africa Speaks, Black Magic and mini-conga ranges, plus all the other Latin Percussion products, please go to lpmusic.com/ #wearerhythm