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Longtime Santana Member Raul Rekow Dies

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Longtime Santana percussionist Raul Rekow has died.

Rekow appeared on 16 Santana studio efforts, including 1999's Supernatural and Carlos Santana's most recent solo album, 2014's Corazon. He also played on recordings by Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and Whitney Houston, while releasing solo music and doing instructional film work.

Rekow earlier played in a band that played Santana covers called Soul Sacrifice in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He then joined the Latin funk-rock band Malo, which featured Carlos Santana's brother Jorge, and was later part of the fusion band Sapo.

"We mourn the loss of my brother, Raul Rekow," Santana said, via Facebook. "He was an integral member of Santana for 34 years and the heartbeat of the band. His presence on the stage was one of power, grace, collaboration and joy. He redefined what it means to be a conga player."

A tribute photo was also posted to Rekow's personal Facebook page.

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