José Areas

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Jose Areas
Birth name Jose Octavio Areas-Davila
Also known as Chepito
Born (1946-07-25) July 25, 1946 (age 69)
Leon, Nicaragua
Genres Latin Rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Timbales, Percussion, Conga, Trumpet
Years active 1969-present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts Santana
Notable instruments

José Octavio "Chepito" Areas (born 25 July 1946) 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]