Hello everyone. We are Los Ciegos Del Barrio which literally translates to "The Blind Boys from the Hood". We call ourselves "Los Ciegos Del Barrio" because most of us are legally blind. We are a multi genre Latin music group from NYC specializing in Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Rock in English and Spanish and much more. We have recorded 3 albums and a single since 2000 and play all types of events.
What does legally blind mean? Glad you asked...it basically means that we all have limited vision, but are not totally blind. We are legally blind as a matter of classification. But let's face it...we don't see very well at all, but then again, music is meant to be heard, not seen. The name of the band was originally meant as a joke, but we kept it as an ice breaker and also to pre-answer as many questions as possible. So here we are.
Alvin Suarez - Band director, lead guitar, drums, percussion, vocals.
Derek Christopher Suarez - Alvin's twin brother. Bass, keyboards, percussion and vocals.
Machete - Keyboards, accordion, harmonica, some bongos, vocals.
Jaime Diaz - Rhythm guitar, some bass, vocals.
Jimmy Fontanez - Drums and percussion. We borrow him from upstate NY. He is an original member of the band since 1997 along with Alvin, Jaime and Machete.
Angel Dueno - Guira and timbales. He's the only member who is not legally blind. We also borrow him from upstate NY.
For more information about the group, feel free to cruise our website at:
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We hope you enjoy and welcome to our party...click away and enjoy the ride. Thanks so much for your support.