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 | 06.02.2016

Beat Latino 06.02.2016

Feature photo: Cuneta Son Machin, Courtesy of the Artist

This year's Grammy nominations in the Latin music categories are eclectic and magnificent. From Colombia's Monsieur Periné's Gypsy Jazz to the powerhouse horns of classic banda by Mexico's Banda el Recodo to sweet merengue-tinge pop by Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic to the tropical beats of Panama's Ruben Blade and the Nicaraguan chinamero metalero of Cuneta Son Machín to just about everything in between, there's something for everyone to love in the 2016 Grammy Nominations. It's a wonderful musical paseo, enjoy!

Beat Latino | 30.01.2016

Beat Latino: Another Word for Beauty

Feature photo: Another Word for Beauty (play by Jose Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson, music by Hector Buitrago)
Photo courtesy of the Goodman Theatre.

Inspired by the play Another Word for Beauty, this week's Beat Latino is all about songs about beauty, and includes a wonderful conversation with Hector Buitrago, who composed the music for the play. The play tells an extraordinary story of beauty and redemption in a women's prison in Colombia and its annual beauty contest, which got us reflecting on what is beauty for each of us, and is there another word for beauty? From El Salvador to Venezuela to Mexico, here's songs that celebrate this promise of beauty and art in our lives!

Beat Latino | 23.01.2016

Beat Latino 23.01.2016

Feature photo: Roberto Fonseca (Cuba) and Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) at Fez World Sacred Music Festival 2015.
Foto: Catalina María Johnson

In this global era, musical genres happily cross, fuse, dissolve, connect and reconnect. And when great artists join musical forces, the results are often awe-inspiring. This week's Beat Latino is all about those fruitful collaborations, from Mali meets Cuba again and again with great pianist Roberto Fonseca and superb griot vocalist Fatoumata Diaware, to the protest anthems created by musical activists like Argentina's Mercedes Sosa and Puerto Rico's Calle 13 to Ecuador's Sarazino finding sweet reggae common ground with Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars--we love artist's amazing meetings of the musical minds. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 16.01.2016

Beat Latino

Mariachi Flor de Toloache by Catalina Maria Johnson​

2016 has started marvelously, and the #trends and tendencies emerging look fabulous! From neo and novo folk to amazonic electronica to Andean vibes, the musical future of #indie Latino music is looking more promising than ever. Sit back and enjoy

Beat Latino's

 recap of some of the most promising musical trends for the new year!

Beat Latino | 09.01.2016

Beat Latino

© Catalina Maria Johnson

We're thinking here at Beat Latino that it would be wonderful to share more light and love for the New Year, because as the saying says, "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness".

So here's an hour of music dedicated to songs about la luz of all kinds - the light of love, the light of day, the things that happen when the lights are turned down low... Happy New Year, dear friends of Beat Latino, and may your 2016 and the years to come be full of light and wonder.