Legendary musician Carlos Santana was reunited with a friend and former band mate Marcus Malone after 40 years, thanks to a journalist from TV station KRON4. ‘Marcus the magnificent’ used to be a drummer in Santana’s band in the 1960s. They lost touch before the Woodstock festival in 1969 after Malone was arrested for manslaughter. Ever since he was released from prison, Malone had been living as a homeless man on the streets of Oakland, praying for a miracle and a chance meeting with Santana. Malone’s story is one of hope and faith. He said to Santana, “You don’t know how hard I prayed to get to see you.”
Watch Santana and Malone get reunited after forty years below.
Malone said he still writes music and that he’ll never stop. “It’s in my heart, in my soul and that’s what I strive to do,” Malone added. Despite the odds, Malone tried to keep in touch with his musical roots, “I’m in the same business as God. Creativity — he created heaven and Earth, and I try to create music.”
According to various media outlets Carlos Santana decided to help his friend get back on his feet by offering a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes and just get him out of the street. I want to offer my brother Marcus Malone an opportunity to record on the next album with the original band.” Thanks to his efforts, Malone isn’t homeless any more.
Watch the reunion video below.