Alfaro began in the 1950s, along with singers such as Olga Guillot, Celia Cruz, Omara Portuondo and Yma Sumac in the most famous cabarets in Havana, Sans Souci, Tropicana and Montmartre act as interpreter of boleros. In 1954 she appeared at the side of Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Robert Rossens feature film Bolero. Later she moved to the United States.
Alfaro took about thirty albums, including some with Bebo Valdés and Ernesto Duarte Brito. Ernesto Lecuona Siboney became popular Bolero in its interpretation. Other well-known pieces, which she interpreted, are Moliendo cafe, Niebla del riachuelo, Malagueña, Noche de ronda, Negra triste, Ochún, El Manisero, Duerme negrita, Alma llanera, Mírame así, Mis noches sin ti, Nunca en domingo, Cenizas and Angelitos negros. She is married to a native of Panama pianist Rafael Benítez, who was involved in their recordings as an arranger and conductor.
- Allmusic - Xiomara Alfaro
- Desde Barcelona - Xiomara Alfaro
- Cuban musicians
- Born in 1930