The roster of guest artists on Santana's long-awaited "Shaman," due Oct. 22 via Arista, is an impressive one. Previously announced contributors include Ozomatli, Placido Domingo, and Michelle Branch,

The roster of guest artists on Santana's long-awaited "Shaman," due Oct. 22 via Arista, is an impressive one. Previously announced contributors include Ozomatli, Placido Domingo, and Michelle Branch, who is featured on first single "The Game of Love." The album also features appearances by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, P.O.D., Macy Gray, Dido, Seal, Citizen Cope, and Musiq, among others.

"The problem with a lot of musicians and bands is that they paint with one color," Carlos Santana tells Billboard for the Oct. 5, 2002 issue. "They pick one style and stay there. That's too stifling to me. I want to use each and every color available. I want to paint rainbows."

Santana is particularly pleased with Branch's performance and demeanor, which he likens to Domingo's. "They both have an immense sense of innocence in their voices -- and there's nothing more powerful in this life than innocence," he says. "They are vastly different singers in an obvious sense, but they also both have a crystal-clear vocal purity that tightly connects them in my mind. They approach performing with a quality that's almost childlike in terms of energy. They're truly mesmerizing to watch."

"Shaman" is the follow-up to 1999's "Supernatural," which has sold 11.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earned nine Grammy Awards in 2000, including album of the year, best rock album, and record of the year.

On the same day "Shaman" is released, fans will also be able to purchase "The Essential Santana," a 33-track, two-CD retrospective chronicling the first 20 years of the group's recorded output.

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