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 | 25.02.2017

​Feature photo: Milagros Guerrero from Novalima. Photo: Catalina Maria Johnson​

T​his week's Beat Latino shares songs about Mamá Africa, celebrating Black History Month and the gifts from African music to the Americas. ​From Perú to Costa Rica to Cuba to Colombia, and back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, melodies and rhythms were born that are a testament to the living, vibrant presence of Africa in the Americas. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 18.02.2017

​Feature photo: Carnaval de Barranquilla by​

It's time to revel in the beats of Carnaval, from Barranquilla to San Juan to Santo Domingo, Brazil to Colombia to Cuba, shake a tail feather (or two or three!) to celebrate Mardi Gras a la latina.

Baila la gente de noche, baila la gente de día! ¡Llegó el Carnaval! Es el momento de celebrar y ¡a menear el cuerpo se ha dicho! antes de que comience la Cuaresma. ¡Feliz Mardi Gras, amigos!

Beat Latino | 11.02.2017

Romance is in the air (waves) on this week's Beat Latino​,​

because it's the season for love! So we celebrate songs of the heart with a timeless selection from France to Chile to Mexico to Argentina and beyond. Happy Valentine's Day!

Beat Latino | 04.02.2017

Feature photo: Manu Chao by Catalina Maria Johnson

Inspired by Manu Chao's latest batch of new songs which includes "Words of Truth", this week's Beat Latino selects songs that reflect words of truth, from Chicago's Esso Afrojam Funkbeat singing about unity, to Watcha Clan's classic melody about refugees, to crying out and seeking Justice in Lila Down's anthem.

Thoughtful music for troubled times which nevertheless keeps our hearts open and optimistic. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 28.01.2017

Feature photo: Harold Lopez-Nussa, courtesy of the artist.

This week, Beat Latino goes to New York City to experience the latest of the latest of international music at APAP 2017 (the annual conference of the Association of Arts Presenters). The annual music-avaganza brings thousands of cultural curators to NYC to attend music, dance and theatre showcases, and were there! Beat Latino's special APAP recap edition shares highlights from Globalfest and WinterJazz Fest as well as other key APAP events. Enjoy!