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 | 21.01.2017

Feature photo: Family Atlantica. Photo: Catalina Maria Johnson

Even as we hurtle forward into the 21st Century, our music looks back to the ancestors! This week's Beat Latino is a tribute to the rooted sounds that accompanied us to traverse the Atlantic, through jungles, up mountains, across rivers and beyond. ¡Fuertes Ancestros! Power to the Ancestors!

Beat Latino | 07.01.2017

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It's the time of year when our thoughts turn to changing for the better. so this week's Beat Latino shares music for to accompany New Year's resolutions. More music, less violence? More singing, more dancing? New romantic horizons? Well, we got you covered with a tune for every kind of trend you wish to encourage in the year to come! Happy New Year and may your resolutions take you as far as you want to go!

Beat Latino | 31.12.2016

Feature photo: iLe by Catalina Maria Johnson

2016 was such a fabulous year for Latin music! In this hour of Beat Latino, we share an eclectic and forward-thinking set of tunes which go from dark poetic electronic-tinged flamenco (Niño de Elche) to mad psychedelic cumbia (Orkesta Mendoza) to a wave of nu-boleros (iLe, Frankie Reyes, Miramar) which reinterpret one of the Golden Ages of Latin American music. Enjoy! Here's to a 2017 full of light, hope and more amazing music!

Beat Latino | 24.12.2016

Feature photo: Traditional Mexican Nativity Scene - Mariachi Angel, photo by Catalina Maria Johnson

I​t's time for Beat Latino's Christmas special! Lots of tunes to warm your heart from all over the America's to warm you heart and send you light for the Holiday Season. Feliz Navidad from Beat Latino!

Beat Latino | 17.12.2016

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Esperanza Spalding at the Dominican Republic Jazz Fest 2016. Photo by Gabriel Rodes

Beat Latino goes to the Dominican Republic this week! It was wonderful to experience the 20th edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Fest, especially because of its magnificent programming - all women artists! The DRJF 2016 presented a stellar array of international jazz figures including Esperanza Spalding, Tia Fuller, Patricia Zárate, Ingrid Jensen, Linda Oh and more, as well as a iconic exponents of Dominican music such as Enerolisa Nuñez and La India Canela. We also had a chance to chat with Patricia Zarate, who is a master music therapist as well as saxophonist and composter, and the delightful Enerolisa Nuñez who explained what Dominican salve is all about. Enjoy!