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Jose Peña Suazo.
Birth name José Virgilio Peña Suazo
Born Colui, Sanchez Ramirez, Dominican Republic
Origin Dominican Republic
Genres Merengue
Occupations Singer
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Kinito Mendez

Jose Peña Suazo is a latin singer focusing on the latin sub-genre merengue. He formed part of musical groups until the formation of his very own group, La Banda Gorda.



Jose Peña Suazo was born in the year 1967 in the Dominican Republic. He was premature baby but was able to survive his early childhood. His birthplace in the province of Sanchez Ramirez in the Dominican Republic exposed him to the latin genres of music. He was instructed on the basics of music by the age of 17 when he formally took up the tuba under his teacher Juan Eutimo Jerez. However, after his older brother, Arturo Suazo, formed his own group, Suazo was inspired to take up the trumpet.


Pre Banda Gorda

In 1987, Suazo moved out to the Dominican Republic's capital of Santo Domingo in hopes of forming part of a group that would acquire him fame and fortune. He was then integrated to the group La Banda de Música del Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santo Domingo. Unhappy however, he then joined La Orquesta de Cuco Valoy where he was able to obtain the position of first trumpet. He was also allowed to compose and fix some of the group's music styles. Having succeeded he was then approached to be the musical director of another merengue group called La Artilleria. In 1991 he returned to playing the trumpet with a group named Coco Band. He was also composing and fixing the musical styles of the group as well.

La Banda Gorda

In 1994, Suazo formed La Banda Gorda, with whom he has found much success internationally.



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