Atlanta, Panama City
Born in Panama City’s San Miguelito barrio, Atlanta’s Nino Augustine seamlessly links the intersection of Spanish-language hip-hop futurism of his chosen city and the new wave of plena from Panama, the birthplace of reggae en Español.
Nino grew up witnessing performances by the likes of Nando Boom and Kafu Banton, seminal names that went on the form the foundation of plena, as well as the vision of Nino’s career. Growing up absorbing his block’s sound systems intermingle sounds of soca, kompa, reggae, and plena, Nino later relocated to New Jersey, integrating the sounds of Dipset to Big Pun, and in 2012 settled in Atlanta.
In 2017, Nino’s tracks “Treat You Better” and “Plans For You” landed placement on CW’s “Dynasty” series, which grew a momentum to land a fanbase in Brazil that led to collaborations with Kondzilla Records and GR6.