Miranda was born in Brazil in 1970. Her father was the Brazilian visual artist Luiz Aquila, her mother is English. The family moved to England and France. Miranda says that she wanted to be an opera singer when she was younger, and then studied art.
Smoke City played major venues and festivals in the UK and Europe, and in 2001 they released a second album in the UK called Heroes Of Nature. Smoke City's songs, and other writing collaborations Nina has been involved with, are used on films and advertising. According to a podcast in their new band ZEEP's MySpace website, they state that because of record label pressure on Smoke City, they decided to end the band.
Nina Miranda has worked with a variety of artists, and has guested on tracks for Da Lata, Nitin Sawhney, Basement Jaxx, Cirque du Soleil, Bebel Gilberto, Daniel Jobim, Antonio Chainho, Shrift, Spiller, Faze Action, Jah Wobble, Les Gammas, Troubleman, Arkestra 1, Hajime Yoshizawa and Robert Miles.