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San Francisco, United States (1972 – present)

Malo is a U.S. Latin-rock group.

The San Francisco-based ensemble was led by Arcelio Garcia and Jorge Santana, the brother of Latin-rock guitarist, Carlos Santana. Four of Malo’s original members (Santana, Garcia, Tellez, and Bean) had previously played in a band called The Malibus. The other three founding members (Abel Zarate, Roy Murray, and Richard Spremich) had played together in a band called Naked Lunch.

Malo’s 1972 top-twenty hit single, “Suavecito”, was written by timbales player Richard Bean, who initially wrote it as a poem for a girl in his high school algebra class. The song was arranged for Malo by Richard Bean, bassist Pablo Tellez, and Abel Zarate. Tellez and Zarate also received co-author credits on “Suavecito”. Guitarist Abel Zarate gave Malo a distinctive two-guitar sound with intricate harmony and dual solos the norm. The band featured full horn and percussion sections in the style of contemporary bands Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago. Some of the best musicians in the Bay Area were featured in Malo, including Forrest Buchtel, Jr., Ron Smith, Paul C Saenz, Luis Gasca, and Tom Harrell in the trumpet section. Malo’s music was also hugely popular in Central and South America, especially the songs “Chevere”, “Nena”, “Pana”, “Cafe”, and “Oye Mama”.

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  • dardar227

    The bio hardly gives Malo credit. I loved their self-titled first album. Despite the obvious Santana comparisons and connection Malo still managed to be unique and deserves a lot more respect. True, Santana made Latino-Rock mainstream but there were great groups out at that time like Malo, El Chicano and Azteca. But the introduction of Latin open doors to other groups from other cultures, Osibisa and Mandrill, even the American groups War and Redbone had various infuences from Latin and African mixed with R&B and Jazz. Simply put, that era was a great time for all music and we were fortunate to get a taste of the World!

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    People keep referring to "this song" and "this album"... but this is the page for the band; have comments on individual tracks and albums been moved here somehow?

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Kaisercriss

    Suuuuuuuuuavecito <3

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • LyricsRme1

    I never heard of this group until I heard this song; I like it - it's breezy and summery like you should be swinging in a hammock and sipping lemonade!

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Teffasus

    Hardly any listens or comments. Sad. Suavecito <3

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • dardar227

    One of my All-Time Favorite albums. Beautiful, jazzy and powerful. A masterpiece from the music to the wonderful cover.

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
  • unstoppablemag

    They have to play Suavecito at my wedding!

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • tinman2u

    TRIED TO SCROBBLE THESE CUTS TO SHARE BUT I HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT HOW WMP10 ... AND GROSSETESTE, I HAVE A REWORKED CD OF MALO/ MALO. WISH I COULD UPLOAD IT. IT IS NOT PROTECTED AND I BOUGHT IT... HMMMMM HOW? TM2U

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Eduardo1990

    needs better pictures

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    I've been waiting for Dos to be reissued, but it's beginning to look as though it's been forgotten. I suppose I'll have to try converting my vinyl copy.

    25 Feb 2008 Reply

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