SONG OF THE DAY: Santana featuring The Product G&B – Maria Maria

SONG OF THE DAY

Santana featuring The Product G&B

Maria Maria

 

 

Santana is a Latin rock band, founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s by Carlos Santana, lead guitarist.  The band has earned eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

SONG OF THE DAY Santana featuring The Product G&B  Maria Maria

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But it was not until 1999 did they receive international recognition. The album Supernatural gave reached platinum in the US, selling 30 million copies worldwide and making it the best-selling album by a Hispanic artist.  The album featured the singles “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” a perfect blend of Latin and blues rock.

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The song’s legacy also lives on outside the music industry; Carlos Santana teamed up with Chef Roberto Santibañez to open five restaurants named “Maria Maria”, after the song.  The chains are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Arizona and Texas.

 

Check out the video to “Maria Maria,” produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis below:

 

 

Lyrics:

 

Maria Maria

She reminds me of a west side story

Growing up in Spanish Harlem

She’s living the life just like a movie star

Maria Maria

She fell in love in East L.A.

To the sounds of the guitar, yeah, yeah

Played by Carlos Santana

Stop the looting, stop the shooting

Pick pocking on the corner

See as the rich is getting richer

The poor is getting poorer

Se mira Maria on the corner

Thinking of ways to make it better

In my mailbox there’s an eviction letter

Somebody just said see you later

Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola

Ahora vengo mama chola

Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola

Ahora vengo mama chola

I said a la favella los colores

The streets are getting hotter

There is no water to put out the fire

Mi canto la esperanza

Se mira Maria on the corner

Thinking of ways to make it better

Then I looked up in the sky

Hoping of days of paradise

Ahora vengo mama chola mama chola

Ahora vengo mama chola

Maria you know you’re my lover

When the wind blows I can feel you

Through the weather and even when we’re apart

It feels like we’re together

 

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