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Salsa legend Tito Puente wrote this song and recorded it in the early '50s. While Puente was very popular in the Latin community, Santana's cover became a hit and helped introduce Puente to a wider audience. On Santana's version of the song, everything, including the guitar wails and keyboards, follow the original music.
The voice in the beginning says "Sabor," which is Spanish for "Flavor." (thanks, Jim - Oxnard, CA, for above 2)
A "Mulata" is a woman ("Mulato" being a male) of Caucasian European and Negro African descent. The correct translation of the word "oye" is listen. The translation of the lyrics is thus: "Listen to my rhythm, good for fun, mulata!!" (thanks, Alexei - Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Gregg Rolie, who sang on many of Santana's early hits, took the lead vocals on this song. Rolie was a founding member and keyboard player for Santana; he joined Journey in 1973.
The original version by Tito Puente was used in a commercial television advertisement campaign for Nissan. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Reverend Horton Heat
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
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The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.