Omar Geles was not only dedicated to music: this is the other business that the vallenato musician was passionate about

Omar Geles was not only dedicated to music: this is the other business that the vallenato musician was passionate about
Omar Geles was not only dedicated to music: this is the other business that the vallenato musician was passionate about

Omar Geles had other businesses apart from music that he made money in life and one of them he was passionate about – credit EFE/ Miguel Rajmil

Fans and performers of Vallenata music continue to mourn the unfortunate death of singer-songwriter Omar Geles, who died on May 21, after suffering cardiorespiratory arrest while playing tennis in Valledupar.

At 57 years old, the singer, composer and accordion player left an indelible legacy in Vallenato folklore, as he composed hundreds of successful songs, with which his followers and colleagues will keep his memory alive.

However, Geles’ fortune did not only come from music, as the artist also ventured into other businesses that contributed significantly to his income and one of them would have become more than a company, since it was part of the activities that he liked to do in life.

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Omar Geles' fortune is also due to businesses he had outside of music - credit @FESVALLENATO / X
Omar Geles’ fortune is also due to businesses he had outside of music – credit @FESVALLENATO / X

Omar Geles’ main company was The People of Omar Geles SAS, created in Valledupar in 2016, and the representative is his son Omar Yesid Geles Carrillo. He was born after Geles departed from The Little Devils and will create The People of Omar Geles; However, the company is currently in liquidation.

But one of Omar Geles’ most notable undertakings was his sports complex in Valledupar. This establishment was one of the places where the singer spent time and enjoyed doing other activities that they were passionate about, because until the last of his days he assured that he liked to play sports and invited his followers to exercise because that was synonymous with health and life.

According to several of his statements, played tennis like hobbybut his true sports hobby was soccer and he was seen on the fields repeatedly. The sports complex he created even has several synthetic fields available for rent.

The facilities became a point of reference in the city, as they gained fame for the quality of their services and for being a meeting place for sports lovers. Furthermore, an attraction for the athletes was knowing that the courts belonged to the artist.

The sports complex not only offered a space for entertainment and physical exercise, but also organized tournaments and sporting events., attracting a diverse audience and contributing to the development of the local community. This business allowed Geles to diversify his sources of income and remain active in the business world in his hometown.

On the other hand, there is Agrogelles, a commitment to freshwater fishing and the marketing of food products that was founded by the deceased singer. This business allowed him to enter the agroindustrial sector.

This is the fortune of Omar Geles and the businesses behind it - credit Colprensa/Freepik
This is the fortune of Omar Geles and the businesses behind it – credit Colprensa/Freepik

Omar Geles’ musical legacy is vast and influential. In 1985, together with Miguel Morales, he created the group The Little Devilswhich quickly became popular in Colombia and in other Latin American countries such as Venezuela and Paraguay. With hits like The Paths of Life and How I Pay My God, that group marked an era in romantic vallenato.

In 2004, he separated from Morales and renamed the group as The people of Omar Geles, with which he continued to achieve success until his death.

It is important to highlight that Geles’ main source of income was the royalties he received for his songs, which, according to information circulating in various media, They would be quite numerous because the singer-songwriter earned sixty million for each lyric he composed..

His last performance was last Saturday at the El Campín stadium in Bogotá, during a massive concert by fellow vallenato artist Silvestre Dangond. There he sang alongside other renowned artists of the genre and of Colombia, once again leaving an indelible mark on his followers.

Omar Geles was not only a talented performer and accordion player, but also a prolific composer. His songs have been performed by numerous artists, perpetuating his legacy over time. Among them is Silvestre Dangond, who has recorded several Geles songs, including To black and white.

For this reason, during the concert he presented in the capital of Colombia, Dangond expressed his deep admiration and gratitude towards Geles, acknowledging the influence he had on his own career.

Silvestre Dangond was considered by Geles to be one of his sons - credit sylvestredangond / Instagram
Silvestre Dangond was considered by Geles to be one of his sons – credit sylvestredangond / Instagram

Among the most emblematic compositions of Omar Geles are I met him late, popularized in the 90s by Patricia Teherán and the Las Diosas del Vallenato ensemble.

 
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