José "Chepito" Areas (born 25 July 1946 in León, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan percussionist. In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as percussionist for the Latin rock group, Santana, from 1969 to 1980. In 1997, he performed on the album entitled Abraxas Pool with other former members of Santana.
In addition to his work with Santana, he has released solo work including his 1974 self-titled Latin rock and soul album, Jose "Chepito" Areas, on Columbia/CBS Records.
- ^ "Santana". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2007-12-15.