Guanachicano Project members (clockwise from upper left) Danny Brito, Manny Brito, J.C. Burgos, and Amilcar Guevara

Tuesday, August 6, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building

The Guanachicano Project – or “Proyecto Guanachicano” – is the brainchild of drummer Danny Brito who joins forces with guitarist Manny Brito, pianist Amilcar Guevara and singer Jose Carlos “J.C.” Burgos. The addition of Burgos’s sweet tenor voice to the foundation of the instrumental trio gives the quartet its special appeal. Their music is a unique blend of Jazz, South and Central American Pop, Mexican folk, and contemporary R&B styles.

Guanachicano is a play on the words Guanaco and Chicano. Guanaco is what Salvadorans and Guatemalans playfully call each other, while Chicano is the chosen identity of Mexican Americans in the United States. With two members from Guatemala/El Salvador, and two brothers from the border town of Nogales, combining the two words into one describes this ensemble perfectly. 

  • Danny Brito is a drummer, percussionist, composer and visual artist, who performs locally with Tucson musicians as well as with international award-winning artists such as Ry Cooder and Rene Camacho.
  • Manny Brito, a busy professional in the Southwest region for many years, combines jazz improvisation with his love for music from the barrio, as in Cumbias, Corridos and Boleros, to bring a heartfelt performance on both guitar and bass.
  • A native of El Salvador, Amilcar Guevara is in demand on the Tucson music scene. His keyboard playing brings a colorful style with jazz-influenced harmonies to the group. 
  • Born in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, J.C. Burgos moved to Los Angeles at the age of fifteen. His beautifully clear tenor voice has been shaped by his cross-cultural experiences, allowing him to sing in multiple musical styles.

The Guanachicano Project’s single, Volver a los Diecisiete, is available as a download at their website:

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer. 

Aug. 6: “Danny Brito’s Guanachicano Project”