Omar David Hernández Colón, known as Darkiel, is a Puerto Rican reggaeton artist and actor,[1] born in Lares. He is better known for his role in the Netflix biographical series of Nicky Jam called Nicky Jam: El Ganador.[1][2]

Birth nameOmar David Hernández Colón
Born (1994-01-21) January 21, 1994 (age 26)
Lares, Puerto Rico
OriginPuerto Rico
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active2014–present
LabelsOn Fire


Darkiel his career at the age of nineteen with social media, doing freestyles in Facebook page Freestyle Mania Music.[3] His inspirations are Daddy Yankee and Don Omar.[3]

Darkiel has issued over two dozen video singles. They include "Ella Me Oculta," "Aqui Estas Tu" (and a remix), "Si Me Apagan el Sol", "Montate y Zumba", and a lyric video of the J Alvarez remix of "De una Forma Diferente" that gained over 300,000 views within four days of posting it in August 2016. Darkiel's videos have amassed over 40 million views on YouTube.[4]

Darkiel acted in the biographical series Nicky Jam: El Ganador, based on the story of Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Nicky Jam, as the younger self of the latter.[5][1][2]

In 2019, Cárdenas Marketing Network, a company that has marketed other Puerto Rican musicians such as Bad Bunny[6] and Marc Anthony,[7] began work with Darkiel.[8]


His lyrics talk about the ups and downs of romance[3] and Darkiel has said that he "doesn’t need to be explicit to be liked by youth".[9] He has been praised for releasing "clean reggaeton".[9]

At one time he stated he didn't want to be part of the Latin trap, saying in Spanish:[3]

I have participated in some remix of songs, such as with Bryant Myers, Anuel AA, Noriel, in which they appear. I even have some trap which are not that explicit.


I like trap’s music, I like it’s rhythm. But it’s not a line I want to focus on.


  1. ^ a b c "Darkiel, que hace de Nicky Jam en "El Ganador", rapea en vivo y así suena su verdadera voz". CiberCuba. 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Farruko anuncia colaboración con Darkiel, el actor que hace de Nicky Jam en El Ganador". CiberCuba. 8 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Darkiel: enfocado en el amor". Primera Hora. 25 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Darkiel - Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Nolan, Emma (30 November 2018). "Nicky Jam El Ganador Netflix release date, cast, trailer, plot". Express.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Bad Bunny Signs Booking Deal With CMN". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Marc Anthony signs $160 million touring deal, the largest in history for a Latin Artist". May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Urban Singer Darkiel Inks Deal With CMN & Chosen Few Emerald Entertainment: Exclusive". Billboard.
  9. ^ a b "Llegó el reguetón 'limpio' gracias a Darkiel". El Comercio.