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Cindy Blacksmith SantanaAmazon Aid Artist for the Amazon Cindy Blackman Santana will be honored at The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) 2021 She Rocks Awards on Friday, January 22 at 6:30 PT. The event will be held virtually at NAMM’s Believe in Music Week and pays tribute to women in the music industry. This high-energy evening will include live virtual music performances, awards and speeches, celebrity appearances, a fabulous silent auction, and much more, all available online.

Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. A longtime friend of Amazon Aid Foundation, Cindy Blackman Santana joined Amazon Aid’s Artists for The Amazon program late last year with the premiere of “Mother Earth,” a music video made in collaboration with producer and AAF Founder Sarah duPont and director Jon Fine.

From the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, Cindy has been touring the globe and making albums with myriad high-profile and award-winning artists. She writes, records, and performs with her own bands, Cindy Blackman Santana Group and Another Lifetime. She was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums, and in 2011 she joined forces with Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, and John Medeski to form the celebrated Spectrum Road, which released an album and tour dedicated to the music of Tony Williams. In 2016, Cindy joined Santana full-time and has been mesmerizing audiences around the globe ever since. In 2017, she and Carlos teamed up with the Isley Brothers to release “Power of Peace” (SONY) and followed it up with the two most recent Santana releases: the EP In Search of Mona Lisa (2019) and full-length Africa Speaks (2019). In September 2020, she delivered a new solo album Give the Drummer Some, with songs that span the realm of jazz, rock, and funk and featuring Cindy’s incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone.

Read more about Cindy Blackman Santana on her artist page.