Nino Segarra

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Nino Segarra
BornNovember 23, 1954 (age 61)
Maricao, Puerto Rico
GenresSalsa and Boleros
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, musician and musical arranger.
Instrumentsdrums, guitar and cuatro

Nino Segarra (born November 23, 1954), is a singer, composer, musician and musical arranger.

Early years[edit]

A Puerto Rican Cuatro

Segarra was born in Maricao, Puerto Rico into a family of musicians, he was always surrounded by many musical instruments and as a child, learned how to play the drums, guitar and cuatro. He received his primary and secondary education in his hometown. In 1976, he played the drums and guitar for various local bands, When he was 16 years old, Segarra auditioned for the role of guitar player and was hired by a band called "The Monarc", however a year later he joined another band "Mundo de Ponce" with whom he made his first recording and musical arrangement.[1]

He enrolled at the Inter-American University in San Germán, Puerto Rico, to study composition, musical arrangements and voice, he earned his bachelor's degree with a major in music.[1]

Musical arranger and composer[edit]

Segarra began making musical arrangements for theater productions and symphony orchestras. By 1988, he had made arrangements for Andy Montañez, Marvin Santiago, Eddie Santiago, Oscar de Leon and many other salsa singers. Segarra also produced and made the musical arrangements for his own songs.[2] Among them Con la Musica por dentro (With Music Inside), El Maestro (The Teacher), Solo por Tí (Only for you), Loco de Amor (Crazy for Love) and Porque te Amo (Because I Love You) (written by Alberto Testa and Giampiero Felisatti in Italy and sung for the first time by Mina with the name "Più di così" in 1984 and only later translated by Pedro Arroyo in 1990), which became a number one hit in the Hispanic community of the United States, Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin-America.[1][3]


  • Que Viva la Salsa (1987)
  • La Fuente (1989)
  • Con la Música Por Dentro (1990)
  • Entre la Espada y la Pared (1991)
  • Loco de Amor (1992)
  • El Maestro (1994)
  • Solo Por Ti (1995)
  • Éxitos y Más Éxitos (1995)
  • Romántico Salsero (1998)
  • Vivo Por Ella (2004)
  • De Nino a Nino: Homenaje a Nino Bravo (2007)
  • 30 Años de Trayectoria Musical (2012)


External audio
You may listen to Nino Segarra's "Entre La Espada y La Pared" on YouTube.

Amongst some of his recordings are the following:[1]

  • Darlo Todo O Nada
  • Te Amo Y Me Amas
  • Probemos Como Amantes
  • Te Deseo
  • Me Parece*
  • Me Separo De Tu Vida
  • Chiquilla
  • Ajena
  • Mas
  • Potpourri "Homenaje A Puerto Rico": Romance Del Campesino / Amanecer Borinca
  • Entre La Espada Y La Pared, Entiendeme
  • Eres La Unica
  • Ha Sido Un Golpe Muy Bajo
  • Oh Mama
  • Escuchame
  • Ven A Mi Lado
  • Labios Virginales
  • Porque Tu
  • Digan Lo Que Digan
  • Y Nos Amamos
  • Ella Es En Mi Vida
  • Con La Puerta Cerrada
  • Como Yo Te Ame
  • Solo Por Ti
  • Me Imagino
  • Boleros De Felipe Pirela: Unicamente Tu/Sombras, Me Estas Matando De Mas

On November 10, 1998, Segarra released the album Romantico Salsero, which became a hit. On September 21, 2001, Segarra joined Eddie Santiago, Willie Gonzalez and David Pabon in a salsa concert held in Medellín, Colombia. Segarra and Pabon participated in the first International Cup of Salsa celebrated in Lima, Peru, on July 17, 2004. There he sang one of his compositions Vivo por Ella (I live for her), which he dedicated to the late Tito Puente, he also toured Venezuela, Peru and the United States.[1][4]



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures, and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Tropical Albums
Con La Musica Por Dentro
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Musical Productions
Entre La Espada y La Pared
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Musical Productions


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Latin Songs
"Porque Te Amo" 1990 28 Con La Musica Por Dentro
"Como Amigo Si, Como Amante No" 20
"Eres La Unica" 1991 29 Entre La Espada y La Pared
"Entre La Espada y La Pared" 1992 34

Later years[edit]

Among those influenced by Nino Segarra was his cousin Eddie Segarra who is the lead vocalist and percussionist of "Kinkajou" a salsa and merengue band whose base of operations is located in Dallas, Texas.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Nino Segarra
  2. ^ Apollo Sound
  4. ^ Latin Grammy - 2007
  5. ^ "Nino Album & Song Chart History Billboard Tropical Albums for Nino Segarra". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 12-5-2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 12-5-11. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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