Stepping into the African music space and tapping into his African roots, rising Panamanian singer-songwriter Nino Augustine picks the buzzing and thriving sound of South Africa’s Amapiano to tell a story of commitment and devotion. As stated previously and in the leading music magazine’s article, Nino has shared his love for Black music throughout the diaspora and from the continent of Africa. Earlier this year, the breakout star was featured on Rolling Stone’s website for his Afrofusion-inspired collaboration with Colombian rapper Jossman on a song called ‘Energia’.
I am constantly inspired by Black music, first in Latin America and the Caribbean, and later music directly from the continent. Watching that creative space has really sparked my own creativity, Nino said.
In 2021, his record was listed in Rolling Stone’s 35 Best Spanish-Language and Bilingual Albums. Here’s the Jimmy Usma and Alejo Gutierrez-directed visual for ‘Mine’, produced by Colombia’s Blvck95.
Nino Augustine is an artist from San Miguelito, Panama—the largest district on the isthmus home to Reggae en Español, a Central American country beloved and respected as foundational in the development of Latin music’s global sound of Reggaetón. Keenly aware of his roots, Augustine is on a mission to further blur the lines of art and genres to take Panamanian music worldwide. Nino’s song ‘Mine’ continues to be featured in Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday Latin and Fresh Dance.