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 | 13.10.2018

Photo: Luzmila Carpio by Catalina Maria Johnson

This week's Beat Latino takes traditional music way, way back and way into the future all at the same time! It's an hour dedicated to the new aboriginal and indigenous-rooted music from all over the Americas, North and South, and all sung in original languages such as Quechua, Tzotzil and more! Take a wondrous paseo through ancestral music for the 21st Century!

Beat Latino | 06.10.2018

Featured photo: Zoraida Romero and Simuchi Xeenoj (Princess of the Comcáac Nation) Courtesy of Hector Guerra. Photo credit: Erika Maldo

This week Beat Latino takes a listen way beyond it's usual borders and celebrates Indigenous People's Day with First Nations sounds from North and South America, in languages from Wolastoq to Quechua and people's from the Maya to the Mapuche. Celebrate the resistance, resilience and perseverance of the pueblos originarios of these lands. Beat Latino greets and celebrates all, from our home base in Chicago, as a guest on the land of the Miami, Potawatomi, Peoria and Illinois. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 29.09.2018

Feature photo: Ilé, Courtesy of the Artist

One year after Hurricane Maria, Beat Latino salutes the courageous people of Puerto Rico and their perseverance and valor in the face of unbelievable strife and difficulty. The beauty and resilience of their spirt shines in the music, and here is just the smallest sampler of the richness of their cultural treasures which we are privileged to share in this week's Beat Latino. ¡Pa'lante!

Beat Latino | 22.09.2018

Beat Latino this week is all about.... ¡Puro tango que no es tango! Only tangos that are not exactly, tangos!

We're got flamenco tangos with Diego el Cigala and Martirio, tropical tangos with Ruben Blades, mariachi tangos with Vicente Fernández and Rocío Durcal, salsa tangos with Jerry Rivera, electro tangos with Gotan Project and much, much more! We love the genre-hopping that abounds today in our Latin musical universe!

Get your tango on (sort of!) with Beat Latino this week!

Beat Latino | 15.09.2018

Feature photo: Lao Rao, courtesy of the artist

This week's Beat Latino takes a journey to the European side of the Latinx diaspora, with beats and grooves from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and more via London, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid...A fascinating set of sounds from our paisanos who have crossed the pond and are mixing roots and legacies with the urban grooves of Europa, plus some very cool new sounds from Spain. Enjoy!