Samba pa Ti instrumental from Abraxas is the second studio album by the latin band Santana
Consolidating their live success at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and the interest generated by their first album the band took some time to issue a follow-up. Released in September, 1970, the album’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa and other influences made it a classic that defined Santana’s early sound, and showed a musical maturation from their first album.
“Samba Pa Ti” translated into English means “Samba for You”.
This instrumental was covered by José Feliciano, who added lyrics. It is also one of the tracks featured in Nick Hornby‘s book 31 Songs. It was used in the UK as the background music for TV ads for Marks and Spencer food in 2006. It was also featured as the ending song in the Cold Case episode “Dead Heat”, which aired November 8, 2009.