Omar Alfanno

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Omar Enrique Alfanno Velásquez,[1] better known as Omar Alfanno, is a Panamanian singer-songwriter of Latin music who is most active in the salsa and merengue genres.

Reuters noted him as "one of Latin music's premiere songwriters and the man behind countless hits".[2]

He has composed for musicians like Tony Vega, Luis Enrique, Melina Leon, Jerry Rivera, Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Marc Anthony. His most successful song, "A Puro Dolor" performed by the Son by Four, reached the Billboard Hot 100. The song was awarded a Lo Nuestro Award, the Billboard Music Award, and a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2000. His song "Amores Como el Nuestro" which was written for Jerry Rivera was sampled by Shakira and Wyclef Jean on the song "Hips Don't Lie".

In April 2013 he performed with many of his collaborators in a concert in Panama.[3]


Alfanno was born January 4, 1957, in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, and lives in Panama City, Panama today.


  • Cosas de Bario...Callejon y Esquina
  • Joe de Barrio
  • Cuerpos al Calor (1989)
  • En Torno al Amor (1991)


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards[edit]

Alfanno has won the following ASCAP awards.[4]

Year Recipient Award Result
1994 Himself Songwriters of the Year Won
"Que Hay de Malo" Tropical Songs Won
"Sin Voluntud" Won
1995 Himself Songwriter of the Year - Tropical Won
"Que Hay de Malo" Tropical Songs Won
"Ella Es" Won
1996 "Te Conozco Bien" Won
"Si Tú Supieras" Won
2000 "Qué Habría Sido De Mi" Salsa Songs Won
"No Sabes Como Duele" Won
2001 Himself Composer of the Year Won
"A Puro Dolor" Song of the Year Won
Pop/Balada Song of the Year Won
"Que Alguien Me Diga" Salsa Song of the Year Won
Pop/Balada Songs Won
"Si la Ves" Salsa Songs Won
"Cuando una Mujer" Pop/Balada Songs Won
Merengue Song of the Year Won
2002 Himself Composers of the Year Won
"Me da lo Mismo" Salsa Songs Won
"Pueden Decir" Won
Pop/Balada Songs Won
"Cuando Seas Mía (Miss Me So Bad)" Won
2003 "En Nombre de los Dos" Tropical Songs Won
2004 Won
2007 "Hips Don't Lie" Pop/Ballad Songs Won
2009 "No Te Vayas" Tropical Songs Won

Billboard Latin Music Awards[edit]

Alfanno has received the following Billboard Latin Music Awards and nominations.[5]

Year Recipient Award Result
1999 Himself Songwriter of the Year Nominated
2002 Himself Songwriter of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Biografría de Omar Alfanno Accessed on September 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Success with Son by Four hit". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Panama concert". Dia a Dia. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  4. ^ ASCAP Awards:
  5. ^ Billboard Latin Music Awards:
    • 2000 Awards
    Lannert, John (2000-04-29). "Catching Some Stars Artist Showcases Offer A Glimpse Into The Future Of Latin Music". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 112 (18): LM-16, 18. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
    • 2002 Awards
    Cobo, Leila (2002-05-18). "Billboard Awards Recognize The Best In Latin Music". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media) 114 (20): 92. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 

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