Carlos Santana

by ethnic on January 4, 2008

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Birth Name: Carlos Alberto Santana Barragán

Place of Birth: Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico

Date of Birth: July 20, 1947

Ethnicity: Mexican (Indigenous, Spanish, distant African)

Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician. He first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music.

Carlos is the son of José Santana Meza and Josefina Barragán. He is married to Cindy Blackman. He was previously married to Deborah King. The surname “Santana” is the condensed version of “Santa Ana”. Carlos was born in Mexico, and moved to San Francisco, California, with his family during his childhood.

Carlos’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, Bernardo Santana, who was an indigenous Mexican. Carlos’ paternal grandfather was an indigenous Mexican. Carlos’ paternal grandmother was of Spanish, and distant indigenous Mexican and African, descent.

Carlos’ paternal grandfather was Antonino Santana Morán (the son of Leandro Santana Morán and Antonina Morán Roque). Leandro was the son of José Polonio de Jesús Santana Casillas and Francisca Morán Casillas. Antonina was the daughter of José Andrés Morán Jacobo and Lázara Roque Casillas.

Carlos’ paternal grandmother was Teodocia Mesa Huitrón (the daughter of Dionisio Mesa Gutiérrez and Juliana Güitrón Uribe). Dionisio was the son of Lugardo Mesa Delgado and María de Jesús Gutiérrez Barajas. Juliana was the daughter of José Ignacio Güitrón Sabalza and Gila Uribe Aréchiga.

Sources: Genealogy of Carlos Santana (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Carlos’ paternal great-grandparents, Leandro Santana Morán and Antonina Morán Roque – https://familysearch.org

Birth record of Carlos’ paternal great-great-grandfather, José Polonio de Jesús Santana Casillas – https://familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Carlos’ paternal great-great-grandfather, José Polonio de Jesús Santana Casillas – https://familysearch.org

Baptismal record of Carlos’ paternal grandmother, Teodocia Mesa Huitrón – https://familysearch.org

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memphis November 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

He never said he was but almost every genetic study I’ve seen on Mexicans have at around 2-12% African ancestry depending on the region…people of Costa Chica have the most.

cwm85 November 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

3-8 percent on average and its not every mexican.

memphis September 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm

I said depending on the region. If you know the founding of Mexico due to the influx of slaves African and indigenous with the Spanish the admixture is somewhat the base of Mexican DNA. The Spanish possibly brought over North African DNA. Of course there was a perioid of “whitening” with the Irish, Germans, and other Euro…Asians came over as well as the Lebanese. Many indigenous groups of Mexico don’t have any or very little admixture.

fuzzybear44 September 15, 2016 at 1:39 am

@Memphis

Quote(The Spanish possibly brought over North African DNA. )

That, and they also brought (Black)North Africans

fuzzybear44 September 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

But it did say the avg mestizo

xoxo October 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

I doubt he’s part black.

LucarioCooper November 29, 2015 at 9:24 pm

I doubt he is.

cwm85 September 9, 2015 at 8:19 am

The legend, one my my guitar idols. A man of peace and healing. Bows.

izzy June 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

i’m so proud to be mexican and spanish i think everyone she be proud of where they come from! :)

Veronica May 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I love this man he is so talented & regarding his ethnicity well he looks like a Mexican i love him

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