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Cindy Blackman Santana: “Drums Drive Everything, But They Have to Be Musical”

Legendary drummer previews her new album and discusses her tribute to Miles Davis

Kyle Meredith With... Cindy Blackman Santana
Kyle Meredith With… Cindy Blackman Santana
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Legendary drummer Cindy Blackman Santana speaks with Kyle Meredith about Give the Drummer Some, an album that finds her singing lead for the first time. Together, they discuss the ways to make fun music with a message, tapping Metallica’s Kirk Hammet and Living Colour’s Vernon Reid to guest, and working with producer Narada Michael Walden. The former Lenny Kravitz drummer and now Santana member also weighs in on the freedom of making a record with the drums front and center in the mix, paying tribute to Miles Davis, and partnering with Yoko Ono and husband Carlos Santana to start SongAid.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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