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 | 19.08.2017

​Feature photo: Bomba Estéreo. Courtesy of Sony Music.

This week's Beat Latino focuses on the beauty of our color brown, moreno skin, and the musical odes to beautiful morenas to new anthems to the mixtures of international peoples from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Spain. As Bomba Estéreo sings in their new anthem "Internacionales": "Mezclados, somos todos mezclados, venimos de todos lados, la misma historia con otro sabor" (Mixed, we are all mixed, we come from everywhere, the same history with different flavors)". Amen!

Beat Latino | 12.08.2017

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All kinds of ritmos, rhythms from here, there and everywhere! From Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Peru--and more! International, full of light, loving, hot and tasty - get ready to shake a body part or two or three to rhythms from all over Latin America and Latino USA!

Beat Latino | 05.08.2017

Featured photo: Thee Commons by Alejandro Ohlmeier, courtesy of the artist

This week's Beat Latino focuses on new music, and it's a wonderful, magical ride with all sorts of grooves from hip hop from Costa Rica and Guatemala (Nakury, Rebecca Lane) to masterful weirdness from Colombia's Meridian Brothers, to surreal border ballads from The Chamanas to psychedelic surf rock cumbia from Thee Commons to... so much more! The selection of new music from this week's Beat Latino is a testament to how we as Latinx craft the most wonderful and varied musical identities, drawing from a nearly infinite wellspring of cultural resources. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 29.07.2017

Feature photo: Bomba Estéreo by Catalina Maria Johnson

Feeling a little off? Well, music gives us so much – including the power to keep on going, persevere, stay on the path, move forward! The set of songs for this week's Beat Latino is your power and fuerza playlist, songs to inspire pulling out the strength that is always within us! ADELANTE! Tenemos el power, as the song by Bomba Estéreo says!

Beat Latino | 15.07.2017

Feature photo: Lila Downs, Courtesy of the artist

This week's Beat Latino is all about dangerous women and their music: las peligrosas - Fierce, wonderful artists and the vital music they create. From Cuban electronica to Mexican rancheras to Argentinean surf rock to Chilean hip hop, here's a set of tunes by women and for women about changing up the world in a myriad of ways. Fighting the Patriarchy one song at a time! Enjoy!