List of Compositions


All compositions by John Santos except where noted. Except where noted, premiere date information is not available – premieres of most compositions are within a couple of years before, to immediately after publication dates.

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  1. Lamento Do Brasil written in 1973 unpublished, unrecorded
  2. Los Nañigos written in 1976 unpublished, unrecorded
  3. Latinación written and recorded in 1981, published by San León Music, BMI 1982 on LP La Nueva Tradición by Orquesta Batachanga
  4. Mañana Para Los Niños (Santos/Calloway) written and recorded in 1984, 
published by San León Music, BMI 1985 on LP Mañana Para Los Niños by Orquesta Batachanga
  5. Yambatá written in 1984,
published by San León Music, BMI 1985 on LP Mañana Para Los Niños by Orquesta Batachanga
  6. Africa written in 1986, recorded in 1987,
 published by San León Music, BMI 1988 on LP Africa by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  7. A Los Bailadores written in 1988, recorded in 1990,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  8. Devuelveme Lo Mio written in 1988, recorded in 1990,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  9. Oshún Kolé written in 1989 recorded 1990 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD La Esperanza by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  10. Caridád written and recorded in 1989,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on CD Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  11. Déjame Divertirme written and recorded in 1989,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on CD Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  12. Modupue written and recorded in 1989,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1995 on CD Machete by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  13. Hacia El Amor written and recorded in 1989,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on LP Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo. Also published by Guataca Music, BMI in 2005 (recorded 1990) on the CD 20th Anniversary by JS & The Machete Ensemble
  14. Merceditas written and recorded in 1990,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on CD Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  15. Una Carta Abierta written and recorded in 1990,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on CD Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  16. El Mago Vilató written and recorded in 1990, published by Guataca Music, BMI 1995 on CD Machete by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  17. Himno De Las Razas written and recorded in 1990,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1999 on CD Tribute to The Masters by J Santos and The Machete Ensemble. Premiered in Sense Us at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco CA for Festival 2000 1990
(Max Roach, Jon Jang, Wayne Wallace, Anthony Brown, Victor Hern. Cruz, Sonia Sanchez, Genny Lim)
  18. Caribeño Suite written and recorded in 1991,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1998 on CD Machetazo by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble. Premiered at the Mellon Jazz Festival, Philadelphia, PA 1991 (JS & The Machete Ensemble)
  19. Musica Das Nuvens E Do Chao (Pascoal/Santos/Manriquez) lyrics written and recorded 1991,
published by Guataca Music, Cantaclaro Music BMI 1995 on CD Tierra Adentro by Claudia Gómez
  20. Todo Cambiará (Santos/Gómez) written and recorded 1991, published by Guataca Music, BMI 1995 on CD Tierra Adentro by Claudia Gómez
  21. Health Is Our Only Wealth written in 1991, recorded 1992
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1995 on CD Machete by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  22. Siempre Vivirás written and recorded in 1992,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on CD Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  23. Iyá (Santos/Wallace) written and recorded in 1992,
published by Guataca Music, Bon Vivant Music, BMI 1995 on CD Machete by JS and The Machete Ensemble
  24. Machete written and recorded in 1992,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1995 on CD Machete by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  25. Solita To Bed (Santos/Tillery/Rago)) written in 1993, recorded in 1999
published by Guataca Music, Twizer Music, BMI 2000 on CD El Campanazo by Jackeline Rago
  26. Circle written in 1993, recorded in 1996
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  27. Pra Hermeto (Santos/Wallace) written in 1993, recorded in 1996
published by Guataca Music, Bon Vivant Music, BMI 1998 on CD Machetazo by JS & The Machete Ens.
  28. El Changüí De Peraza written in 1993, recorded in 2004
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by J Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  29. That Walk (Santos/Wallace) written in 1993, recorded in 2008
published by Guataca Music, Wallacomusic, BMI 2008 on CD The Nature of The Beat by Wayne Wallace
  30. Under The Jaguar Sun Suite written in 1993,
unpublished, unrecorded with the exception of Martinica (see below)
Premiered at the Yerba Buena Gardens Theater, San Francisco, CA 1994 (John Santos Group)
  31. Martinica written in 1993 as part of the Under The Jaguar Sun Suite, recorded in 2001
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  32. Presidente Mandela written and recorded in 1994,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1996 on CD Hacia El Amor by J Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  33. Free At Last written in 1994, recorded in 1996
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1998 on CD Machetazo by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  34. Perseverance written in 1994, recorded in 1996
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  35. Watsonville Suite written in 1995, recorded in 1996 unpublished. Premiered at the Brava Theater, San Francisco, CA 1996 (recorded version)
  36. Canibalismo Tamboristico written and recorded in 1996,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1998 on CD Machetazo by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  37. Entrada (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 1997,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 1997 on CD Nfumbe; For The Unseen by John Santos & Omar Sosa
  38. Nfumbe (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 1997,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 1997 on CD Nfumbe; For The Unseen by John Santos & Omar Sosa
  39. Modupue (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 1997,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 1997 on CD Nfumbe; For The Unseen by John Santos & Omar Sosa
  40. Caribeño written and recorded in 1997,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 1997 on CD Nfumbe; For The Unseen by John Santos & Omar Sosa
  41. Un Congo En Sevilla (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 1997,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 1997 on CD Nfumbe; For The Unseen by John Santos & Omar Sosa
  42. Matters Not written and recorded in 1998,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 1999 on CD Tribute to The Masters by JS and The Machete Ensemble
  43. Afilando (Santos/Calloway) written in 1998, recorded in 2001
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  44. Union Fraternal written in 1999, recorded in 2000 unpublished.
 Premiered at Oakland Ballet Fall Season 2000 (John Santos group)
  45. El Afrokán written in 1999, recorded in 2001
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  46. La Mar (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 2000
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 2002 on CD La Mar by John Santos and Omar Sosa
  47. El Comentario (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 2000,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 2002 on CD La Mar by John Santos and Omar Sosa
  48. Abuela (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 2000,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 2002 on CD La Mar by John Santos and Omar Sosa
  49. De Allá Lejos (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 2000,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 2002 on CD La Mar by John Santos and Omar Sosa
  50. Indio (Santos/Sosa) written and recorded in 2000,
published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 2002 on CD La Mar by John Santos and Omar Sosa
  51. Songo Non Troppo (Santos/Calloway) written in 2000, recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  52. Cafe Con Leche (Santos/Torriente) written in 2000, recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  53. Cuanto Mas Sufrirás written in 2000, recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  54. SF Bay (Santos/Stallings/Calloway) written in 2000, recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by John Santos and The Machete Ensemble
  55. Que No Se Muera El Tambó (Santos/Sosa) written in 2000, recorded in 2001,
 published by Guataca Music, Shirmar Publishing, BMI 2002 on CD SF Bay by JS & The Machete Ensemble
  56. Brazos Abiertos written and recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  57. No Canto A Tus Ojos written in 2000, recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  58. Mi Plena De Libertad written and recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  59. Apetegbí written and recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  60. Dale La Mano written and recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  61. Going Home Tomorrow written and recorded in 2001,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2003 on CD Brazos Abiertos by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  62. La Cultura written in 2001, recorded in 2003,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2004 on CD Para Ellos by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  63. El Panadero (Santos/Trad.) written in 2001, recorded in 2003,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2004 on LP Para Ellos by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  64. Conga A Los Mayores written in 2001, recorded in 2003,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2004 on LP Para Ellos by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  65. Maestro Mongo written and recorded in 2003, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2004 on CD Para Ellos by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  66. Para Ellos written and recorded in 2003, 
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2004 on CD Para Ellos by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  67. Tema Kindembo written and recorded in 2003, 
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2004 on CD Para Ellos by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  68. La Guerra No written and recorded in 2003, 
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  69. El Anhelo De La Paz written and recorded in 2003,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  70. Marakitinche written and recorded in 2003, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD La Esperanza by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  71. Searchin’ written and recorded in 2004,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  72. Pequeña Amaly written and recorded in 2004,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  73. No Entiendo La Palabra Tener written and recorded in 2004,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  74. Cambia El Canal written and recorded in 2004,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  75. Hacia La Luz written and recorded in 2004,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  76. La Juventud De Hoy written and recorded in 2004,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2005 on CD 20th Anniversary by John Santos & The Machete Ensemble
  77. Papa Mambo written in 2004, recorded in 2005,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2007 on CD Papa Mambo by The John Santos Quintet
  78. Duermete written in 2004, recorded in 2006,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2007 on CD Papa Mambo by The John Santos Quintet
  79. Visán written in 2004, recorded in 2007,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  80. No Te Hundes written and recorded in 2005,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  81. La Rumba Es Para Gozar written and recorded in 2006,
 published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  82. Ella No Quiere written and recorded in 2006, 
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  83. America Unida written and recorded in 2006, 
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  84. Tambores En Lucha written and recorded in 2006,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  85. Recuerda written and recorded in 2006, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD La Esperanza by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  86. Traditions in Transition written in 2007, unpublished. Premiered at the Palace of Fine Arts for the San Francisco Jazz Festival, November 11, 2007
(San Francisco High School All Star Big Band)
  87. Vamos A La Calle written and recorded in 2007,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD La Guerra No by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  88. Perspectiva Fragmentada written and recorded in 2007,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  89. Not In Our Name written and recorded in 2007,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  90. Mi Corazon Borincano written and recorded in 2007,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  91. Israel Y Aristides written and recorded in 2008,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  92. Ritmático written and recorded in 2008,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2008 on CD Perspectiva Fragmentada by The John Santos Quintet
  93. La Esperanza written and recorded in 2009, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD La Esperanza by John Santos & The Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  94. No Soy Combatiente written and recorded in 2009,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 by The John Santos Sextet
  95. La Rumba Me Lleva written and recorded in 2010,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 by The John Santos Sextet
  96. Pop’s Brim written and recorded in 2010,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 by The John Santos Sextet
  97. Resistencia written and recorded in 2010,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 by The John Santos Sextet
  98. Carnaval SF written and recorded in 2010,
published by Guataca Music, BMI 2011 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.1 by The John Santos Sextet
  99. Las Hermanas Mirabal written in 2010,
recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  100. Bernal Heights written in 2010,
recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  101. Mr. Stallings written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  102. Ayiti written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  103. Sin Ti No Hay Tu written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  104. That Walk 2 written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  105. Lo Tuyo No Va written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  106. Domingo Yaucano written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet
  107. Por Tus Hijos written and recorded in 2011, published by Guataca Music, BMI 2013 on CD Filosofía Caribeña Vol.2 by The John Santos Sextet