Hosted by actor-director Carlos Ponce and HBO Latino, was the preview screening of “Santana De Corazon” at New York’s Hudson Theater Thursday night. The celebration honored Carlos Santana’s upcoming half-hour music documentary that airs exclusively on HBO Latino in the U.S. Monday, April 21.
DJ Miguelito and DJ Camilo started the night off with some of Santana’s greatest hits, including "Oye Como Va," that got most of the crowd dancing. Santana was channeling Johnny Cash by dressing in all black.
Luminaries at the event included Santana’s wife and the band’s drummer, Cindy Blackman Santana, muralist John “Crash” Matos, singer Frankie Negron, Miss Universe: Gabriela Isler, and Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, Clive Davis.
Ponce introduced the film calling it “an epic celebration." For a 30-minute TV special it packs a lot into it. For instance, there are a number of interviews from fellow musicians, and intimate moments with those closest to Santana, centering on his concert in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Santana returns to Guadalajara after a long absence. Guadalajara is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Essentially it’s Santana’s hometown concert, since he’s from Jalisco (born in Autlan). Both the documentary and eventual concert, air date May 3 on HBO Latino, will be in Spanish with English subtitles.