Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Rocker Carlos Santana has enjoyed an emotional Christmas reunion with someone who he hasn't seen for decades - a former bandmate.

Marcus 'The Magnificent' Malone, who is homeless and lives on the streets of Oakland, California, played congas in the Santana Blues Band during the 1960s but reportedly left in 1969 after he was sentenced to prison for manslaughter.

A U.S. journalist organised the reunion on Friday (20Dec13) after he met Malone and heard his hard-luck story last week (ends20Dec13).

During the meeting, Malone embraced Santana and said, "You don't know how afraid I am to let you see me," to which Santana replied, "We cherish you. It's an honour to be in your presence".

According to, the two men had not seen each other since Malone's exit from the band, and Santana has now promised to bring his pal a set of congas and help get him back on his feet.

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