Carlos Santana has reunited with Marcus ‘The Magnificent’ Malone who was once a percussionist in Santana. The two were brought together after the San Francisco TV station KRON aired a story that featured the homeless Malone rummaging through the trash and discovered he was once a member of the of Santana, known at that time as Santana Blues Band. Malone was arrested just before the bands 1969 debut album was released. Santana contacted the station after seeing the piece looking to find Malone.
“I want to offer him a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes and just get him out of the street,” Santana told CNN. “I want to offer my brother Marcus Malone an opportunity to record on the next album with the original band, with Gregg Rolie, We wrote a song for him called ‘Magnificent Marcus Malone.’ We want him to play on it and we’re going to start, Lord willing, in January or February. So I would like to get him some congas so he can get his hands hard again because he hasn’t been playing the congas in a while.”