Beat Latino

hosted and produced by Catalina Maria Johnson, a Chicago-based music journalist

Beat Latino celebrates in every hour a different facet of the extraordinary diversity of the Latin musical universe. From traditional, roots music to the most cutting-edge avant garde, Beat Latino shares the best of Latin music with you! Each week, Beat Latino explores a topic of cultural significance through our music - holidays, immigration, genres and rhythms from different countries, life, family, love - everything Latinos have sung about past, present and future. Beat Latino is presented in Spanish and English.

Cada edición de Beat Latino celebra una diferente faceta del presente, pasado y futuro de la extraordinaria diversidad del universo musical latino - desde ritmos y melodías raíz tradicionales hasta la música de último momento y de vanguardia - ¡lo mejor de lo mejor de la música latina! A través de la música, en el programa de Beat Latino exploramos en cada hora un tema de importancia cultural, por ejemplo, días festivos, la inmigración, diversos géneros y países, la vida, la familia y el amor - ¡todos los temas sobre los cuales cantamos los latinos! Catalina Maria Johnson les invita a sintonizar Beat Latino, cuya presentación es en inglés y en español.

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Beat Latino | 17.02.2018

​Photograph: Adan Jodorowsky, Courtesy of the Artist​

​This week's Beat Latino is a sunny selection of songs old and new to raise your spirits and share some positive vibrations! There's songs to positivity, beauty, good vibes, and better times from Colombia to Mexico to Chile to Havana to Jamaica! As the song by French-Chilean singer songwriter Adan Jodorwosky says, "Solo viene lo mejor" - "The best is yet to come!" Dance, relax and enjoy these positive vibrations!​

Beat Latino | 10.02.2018

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© Catalina Maria Johnson

It's another week of selections Beat Latino celebrates Black History Month and the Afro Latinx experience, sharing amazing music about being an AfroLatinx, by AfroLatinx. We recognize and value the immense gift of Africa to the Americas, in every realm including the musical arts.

Beat Latino | 27.01.2018

Feature photo: Cover of Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston (out on VP Records)​, Courtesy of the Artist

It's a HEAT WAVE on Beat Latino! Despite that winter's frozen breezes still surround us, the music is nothing but hot on this week's Beat Latino! From oldies but goodies like boogaloo tropical, California-style (Al Valdez) or psychedelic Amazonic cumbia, Peru-style (Juaneco) to new tropical trance from Colombia and New York (Combo Chimbita), we promise to keep you moving and dancing and warm until the thaw comes! Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 20.01.2018

Featured photo: Buika at Winter Jazzfest, NYC 2018 by Catalina Maria Johnson.

Beat Latino celebrates the wonderful week or so of musical activities at APAP 2018, the industry showcase for Arts Professionals, that took place in New York City last week. We were able to experience so much wonderful music live! From the afro-flamenco and reggae-tinged rhythms of Buika to snazzy, edgy, muscular jazz of Grammy nominee Antonio Sanchez at Winter Jazzfest to the tropical psychedelic beats of Combo Chimbita at Secret Planet presented at Drom by Barbes and Electric Cowbell to the Guatemayan hip hop of Doctor Nativo at Mundial Montreal's showcase to the flute-laced rhymes of La Dame Blanche at Globalfest to.... so much more! It's a recap of the finest of the finest musical vanguardia to experienced at APAP 2018, including comments by APAP's Executive Director Mario Garcia Durham. Enjoy!


Beat Latino | 13.01.2018

Feature photo: Xenia Rubinos, Olga Bell, Sammus.
Courtesy of the artists. By Maxwell Schiano

It's time to celebrate the first batch of music that we discovered in 2018 (or late 2017 :)! Beat Latino has a wonderful selection from tropical futurism from Colombo-neoyorquinos (Combo Chimbita) to indie folk tinged by Nicaragua (Elena & los Fulanos) to reggae via Spain (Fyahboy) and punk psychedelic rock from Arizona (The Myrrors) to remakes of classic resistance pieces (Kansas City, Missouri's Making Movies), to rock en español from Uruguay (Sante Les Amis) to a beautiful new collaboration by Xenia Rubinos, Olga Bell and Sammus (featured photo) Latinx music for this new year and into the future is looking marvelous!