Santana Sings Against Arizona Law
Local legend Carlos Santana, who grew up in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco’s Mission High School in 1965, is among a group of Latino musicians performing on a benefit album called Project of love/Proyecto de amor, according to a report by Spanish news service EFE.
The album, which is being released by the Hermes Music Foundation, will hit shelves this fall. One of the singles, called 'Sí, Se Puede," recalls the message of farm worker rights activist Cesar Chavez. The benefits will go to the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Hermes Music has said it is releasing the album in what it calls "an atmosphere of hatred and uncertainty" arising from the new Arizona law, SB 1070.
Unless Judge Susan Bolton grants an injunction to block the law, as of next Thursday, July 29, it will be a state crime to be undocumented in Arizona. The legislation has sparked a new kind of protest music, from corridos (Mexican narrative ballads) to hip-hop, as artists such as Los Tigres del Norte and Kanye West voice their opposition to the law through music.