José Areas

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Jose "Chepito" Areas

José Octavio "Chepito" Areas (born 25 July 1946 in León, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan percussionist best known for having played timbales in the Latin rock group Santana from 1969-1977 and 1987-1989.[1] In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his work in Santana.[2] In 1997, he performed on Abraxas Pool with other members of the early 1970s iteration of Santana, including Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Carabello, and Michael Shrieve.[3] Previously, he released an eponymous solo album on Columbia/CBS Records in 1974. La Gigantona, a 1976 collaboration with Nicaraguan singer-songwriter and childhood friend Alfonso Noel Lovo, was reissued by Numero Group in 2012.[4]

Chepito has had some legal problems, and while with Santana, he had a brain hemorrhage that left him somewhat unstable, but he is able to function and play incredible solos. Recently he performed with Alfonso Lovo, and his La Gigantona Band, in Toulouse France in front of 30,000 plus fans, at the Rio Loco Festival, on June 14, 2014, and it was a memorable concert according to the press and people who attended the concert.[citation needed]

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