January 19, 2018 / 12:31 PM

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Carlos Santana releasing first full Spanish language album in 2014, Latin pop stars rumored to be involved

Admittedly, we're not as on top of the Latin music world as we are genres such as pop, rock and hip-hop. If you ask us to name a Latin American musician (as in, someone who plays an instrument), Carlos Santana would be the first name to come to mind. And, despite hits such as "Oye Como Va" and "Samba Pa Ti" being sung in Spanish, Santana has never been entirely a "Latin" act. Sure, all of his bands have incorporated the classic Latin rhythms, but they've been just as likely to use African percussion as well, and the Mexican-born guitarist has always preferred a bluesy guitar style.

So, some music fans may be surprised (although we are not), that the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer is releasing his first fully Spanish language album at the age of 66. Unfortunately, that's about all we at Music Times know at this point. The source behind the information told La Voz of Houston that several Latin performers, both from the United States and elsewhere, would be featured on the album, although they didn't give any names.

We have suggestions for possibilities, but they aren't names you haven't heard before. Marc Anthony is the hottest commodity in Latin music right now, with his hit "Vivir Mi Vida" tearing up the charts. One artist we doubt will make an appearance: Pit Bull.

Santana is scheduled to be honored at the Kennedy Center this December for his contributions to the arts, and Puerto Rican opera singer Martina Arroyo will also be honored. Would it be asking too much for the pair to perform together? 

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