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 | 25.07.2015

Beat Latino 25.07.2015

Feature photo: Raquel Berrios of Buscabulla at the LAMC 2015 in NYC by Catalina Maria Johnson

It was the best of times, it was the BEST of times! The LAMC 2015 in NYC was a time for discoveries and reencountering music we have loved before. This week's #BeatLatino gives you a taste of what can be experienced at the Latin Alternative Music Conference, both in terms of official and extra-official concerts, and we include marvelous convos we had with Alejandro y Maria Laura from Peru, a duo specializing in neo-folkloric ballads with a quirky touch; and this years Artist Discover Award, Buscabulla from Puerto Rico. ¡A bailar se ha dicho!


Beat Latino | 18.07.2015

Beat Latino - Guacamole

Feature photo: Sean Drellinger via flickr

Guacamole, guacamole! OK, so please, no one mess with guacamole! Or, our música 'bout guacamole and other sacred foods. This week's Beat Latino is an ode to the tastiest rhythms for the tastiest treats in our cuisine. Sancocho, guacamole, yuca, mole, and arroz con coco, arroz con frijoles, arroz con gandules...we have songs to accompany all of these, so dance and work up an appetite on this week's Beat Latino. ¡Provecho! Bon appetit! Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 04.07.2015

Beat Latino 04.07.2015

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 | 27.06.2015

Beat Latino

© Catalina Maria Johnson

This week's Beat Latino invites us to reflect musically on the terrible effects of guns, weapons, bullets and violence on our society. There's also songs in favor of peace from all over our Latino and Latin American musical universe. With great hopes for harmony and peace in the near future -- we've been singing about violence and bullets too long!

Beat Latino | 20.06.2015

Beat Latino

© Catalina Maria Johnson

Is there anything that says "beach music" as much as the twist? Come out and twist with me, because Summertime! Twist Fiesta on #beatlatino - with a little bugalú and watusi thrown in, just for fun!