A local Bay Area news station interviewed Marcus randomly earlier in December while producing a segment on illegal dumping.
After the report aired, Carlos Santana went looking for Malone in Oakland.
After Santana verified that Malone was indeed his former percussionist, KRON located Marcus and reunited him with his former bandleader last week.
In a follow-up report by CNN, Santana said that he is setting up Malone with an apartment and has invited him to play on the band's new album, which will feature a track titled "Marcus 'The Magnificent' Malone."
Watch KRON's report on how they orchestrated the reunion between Santana and Malone.
Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.