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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Day of the Dead

Beat Latino | 28.10.2017

Mexican skeleton puppet. Photo by Catalina Maria Johnson

It's a fiesta for the dead! This week's Beat Latino is a selection of songs to bring back the dead and keep the alive on the dance floor with tunes from California, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and more. ¡Viva el Día de los Muertos! It's Beat Latino's Day of the Dead special.

Beat Latino | 21.10.2017

Featured photo: Jorge Drexler by imagine it media/ Warner Spain

What defines us as humans? Certainly one of our key characteristics is an eternal drive to seek new horizons - sometimes in adventure, sometimes in search of a better economic future, sometimes simply to see what lies beyond... This week's Beat Latino is dedicated to the idea of "movement", particularly inspired by the song of that name composed by singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler from Uruguay, from his latest album.

Beat Latino | 14.10.2017

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Fuerza! A Puerto Rico y a Mexico! This week's Beat Latino send positive vibes and energy and strength to Puerto Rico and Mexico. It's an hour of classic tunes celebrating the beauty and strength of these two lands that will surely overcome these difficult times. Enjoy!


Beat Latino | 07.10.2017

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It's time to celebrate the Latin Grammy nominations! This hour of Beat Latino shares just a taste of what is nuestra música - with a selection of the wild and wonderfully eclectic sounds from all over Latin America and Spain nominated in some of 47 categories for the Latin Grammy Awards. All winners in our point of view! But we will get the final results on November 17!

Beat Latino | 23.09.2017

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This week's Beat Latino is dedicated to tunes about dreams. Whether it's the American dream, dreams of a better life, dreams of a new world, a new romance or just plain dreaming, we've written music about it, from the stylized techno-merengue of Dominican Republic's Rita Indiana to the salsa with a conscience of New York's La Excelencia. Enjoy! And never stop dreaming!