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 | 02.01.2021

Beat Latino | 26.12.2020

It was the toughest of years in our history, both personally and globally, Yet, nuestros artistas and the year offered musical calls to action that went from taking to the streets, to being courageous, to having hope, to dancing in the storm. Here’s an adios to 2020 and hello to 2021, with some of the major themes in nuestra música this complicated year. Onward! Thanks for staying tuned to Beat Latino, and endless gratitude for our music!

Featured photo: Los Master Plus


Beat Latino | 02.02.2019

Featured photo: Luzmila Carpio, Michael Coghlan

This week's Beat Latino celebrates the persistence of First Nations Peoples across the Americas and kicks off 2019 as International Year of Indigenous Languages. ! It's a "Gathering of the Nations" Beat Latino as we present a select sampler of music in indigenous languages from Chile's Mapuche to Guatemala's K'iche Mayan to Mexico's Huichol to Canada's Wolastoq and beyond!

Beat Latino | 12.01.2019

feature photo: Rosalía, by Miguel Angel Villar

It's a back to the present and on to the future Beat Latino! This week's edition takes our genres — salsa, Peruvian folkloric, flamenco, mariachi, Andino... and samples the past and the present. Take a musical time machine trip with us, and enjoy how our roots continue to flourish in the present!

Beat Latino | 15.12.2018

Feature Photo: Dat Garcia, Courtesy of the Artist

It's time to once again celebrate the era of the remezcla – the era of the remix! Great tunes live on in new and infinite creative iterations as they are remixed and reinterpreted anew by DJ/producers from around the world. This week's Beat Latino is dedicated to our favorite recent remezclas from the Latino musical universe, from Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina and beyond. Enjoy!