Cindy Blackman Santana

434 – Cindy Blackman-Santana: Connecting to the Divine

Cindy Blackman-Santana, widely known as the longtime drummer for Lenny Kravitz and wife of Carlos Santana is so much more than that. She’s an accomplished player in multiple styles, records and releases her own music, has played with many of the who’s who in music, including: Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofil…and that’s just scratching the surface. Cindy is a force behind the kit and exudes a confidence that is both undeniable and awe inspiring, resulting in a sound all her own.

Cindy Blackman-Santana talks about:

  • Being fascinated by drums from an early age
  • The expressive and the technical aspects of music and the importance of both
  • How to imbue your drumming with substance
  • Why she approaches every band situation like it’s her band
  • How she easily brushes off naysayers and people who doubt her
  • Her current goals as a drummer and as a human
  • Her upcoming solo record, featuring Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin and many others
  • Much more

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