Grammy-winning musician Carlos Santana proposed to his girlfriend, acclaimed drummer Cindy Blackman, during a concert stop on his Universal Tone Tour this past weekend in Tinley Park, Ill.
The 62-year-old guitarist popped the question to the 50-year-old drummer onstage after the fourth song in his concert set, ‘Corazon Espindo.’
Blackman had just performed a drum solo on Santana’s song before the Arista Records artist asked her to be his wife. After she accepted, the couple locked lips, and the audience broke out into cheers.
“Cindy and I are blessed to have found each other. Being in love is a gift from the universe, and the spirit and vibrations that come with it are infinitely powerful. I look forward to expressinCarlos Santanag that incredible energy through my music, and in helping to tip the balance toward more love in the world with what Cindy and I share,” said Santana said in a statement to BV Buzz.
Santana, who is best known for hits like ‘Smooth,’ ‘Maria Maria,’ ‘Nothing at All,’ ‘Oye Como Va’ and ‘Black Magic Woman,’ will play a string of late August/early September performances of ‘Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits’ at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
Blackman is a jazz and rock drummer who has recorded and toured extensively with Lenny Kravitz and played with a wide range of artists, including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Angela Bofill and Bill Laswell.
Santana was previously married to Deborah King, the daughter of the late blues singer and guitarist Saunders King. The couple, who divorced after 34 years in 2007, have three children: Salvador, Stella and Angelica.
[Source: BV Buzz]