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This article is about the Caribbean song genre. For the Juan Luis Guerra album, see Areíto (album). For the album by Puya, see Areyto (album).

An areíto, or areyto (both spellings are found in both Spanish and English) is an indigenous ceremony or song form of Hispaniola island and Puerto Rico, adapted into modern musical forms in both Dominican Republic and, less commonly so, in the Music of Cuba.


Despite superficial similarity to "airito", the diminutive form of the Spanish word for a musical air, the term areíto is originally a Taino language word, which was adopted by the earliest Spanish chroniclers to describe local dances, poems, chants and songs of the Arawak people.[1][2] Anacaona was one of the early noted composers of areítos. The original Taino ceremony is preserved at the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center and other venues.

Modern arrangements[edit]

The best known modern adaptation of the areyto is "Areíto", the title track of the album of the same name by Juan Luis Guerra y 440. Another song is "Areyto Urbano" by Enrique Cardenas from the 2003 album Taina.


  1. ^ Paul A. Scolieri - Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the ...2013 0292748914- Page 28 "Throughout these accounts, the early chroniclers ubiquitously refer to native performances of music and dance by the Taino word areito.14L Chroniclers used this term in a flexible manner to describe indigenous chants, songs, or poems."
  2. ^ Dale Olsen, Daniel Sheehy Handbook of Latin American Music, Second Edition 2007- Page 164 "From the descriptions of Arawak musical activities in the writings of the Spanish chroniclers (Cárdenas 1981; Casas 1965; López de Gómara 1965; Pané 1974), we learn that the areyto (also areito)—a celebration that combined poetry, songs, ..