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 | 24.06.2017

Is there anything that says "beach music" as much as the twist and boogaloo? Come out and twist with me, because SUMMERTIME! Twist and Boogaloo Beach Bash on #beatlatino–with a little watusi thrown in, just for fun!

Beat Latino | 17.06.2017

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Las Cafeteras, courtesy of the artist

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and Beat Latino is delighted to celebrate it! Songs from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala and many other lands to celebrate the strength and valor of those that leave their homeland for many reasons and in doing so, enrich the land of destiny with their cultural riches. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 10.06.2017

Photo: Anathea Utley

We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the magnificent Sgt. Pepper album by the Beatles this month, so Beat Latino celebrates with an hour of All and Only Beatles tunes in versions by Latinx musicians. Have some Obladi Oblada a la salsa or Lady Madonna a la bossa nova, and celebrate the Liverpool 4's long-lasting and transcendental influence on music world-round. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 03.06.2017

​Feature photo: Gepe, Courtesy of the Artist

This week's Beat Latino is just the a probadita, a tiny taste of the immense musical riches coming our way in the Chicago summer. A series of iconic artists - Totó la Momposina, Fruko y sus Tesos, Carlos Santana!- as well as up and coming future legends - Dayme Arocena - and amazing discoveries - Jessica Hernadez and the Deltas - all coming to town! Whether Ruido Fest, Ravinia Festival, Millenium Park, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Dance, Chop Shop and other special spaces, Chicago Summer 2017 already looks UNFORGETTABLE!

Beat Latino | 27.05.2017

Feature photo: Las Robertas, courtesy of the artist.

What an amazing month for Latinx music! The releases this month are spectacular, and go from super traditional to extremely radical without hardly skipping a beat. It's an eclectic and unpredictable set of tunes, from a Blondie cover by Guatemala's magnificent singer Gaby Moreno, to Costa Rica's Las Robertas waves and waves of sunny SoCal-imbued vibes to hip hop by Residente featuring Niger's Tuareg guitarist extraordinaire Bombino to classic chicha by Peru veteranos Los Wemblers. And that's just the beginning....enjoy!