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Carlos Santana's plans to perform in Christchurch, New Zealand, may have been cancelled due to the deadly earthquake that hit the city on February 22, but the legendary guitarist has a message of hope for victims.

“While I live a long way from Christchurch, I have been a resident of San Francisco and I understand the power of an earthquake,” he said. "It’s still so hard to comprehend the tragedy that has happened there. The images I saw on television made me feel both grief and helplessness. So many people have been affected. I hope that everyone will do their part to help in whatever way they can to help.

“My thoughts are with all people affected in Christchurch by the earthquake. I am looking to return under better times.”

The musician has reportedly donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund, established to help families of the dead and those who have lost their homes and businesses.

Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl has also sent a message to victims of the earthquake, hinting at a special show in the near future.

“Hey everybody, this is Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters… wishing everyone in Christchurch all of our hopes and prayers,” he said in the video message for The Edge radio station. "We’re thinking about you around the world and we’re asking – if you can – that you donate to the earthquake appeal.

“Every little bit counts and I hope that we can see you soon and do what we can to bring a little bit of happiness back into your lives.”

Watch the video here.

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