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 | 28.05.2016

Beat Latino

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Latino veterans have for decades fought and lost their lives for this land. This special edition of El Beat Latino musically celebrates the accomplishments and dedication of the 1.3 million U.S. Latino Veterans. The selection of songs includes “Tribute to Veterans” by Leti de la Vega, Al Reyes “Vietnam Veterano” and “Pastures of Plenty-This Land is your Land” by Lila Downs. Enjoy! And please remember kindly those who risked everything for us.

Beat Latino | 21.05.2016

Beat Latino 21.05.2016

​Feature photo: DJ Jigüe by Catalina Maria Johnson​

This week's Beat Latino takes a listen to recent musical creations that incorporate electronica and the computer as an absolutely necessary instrument. From Ecuador, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Brazil and more lands, these tunes create marvelous soundscapes for ears, minds and dancing bodies. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 14.05.2016

Beat Latino 14.05.2016

​Feature photo: Tribu Baharú by Catalina Maria Johnson

Summers in Chicago are truly, really a BLAST! Our winters are so long and horrid that when that sun finally starts shining, we take to our streets, parks, lake and of course, Summer Music Festivals. Here's just a taste of the music we will have a chance to experience live in Chicago! Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 30.04.2016

Beat Latino 30.04.2016

Feature photo: MAKU Sound System by Max Ocampo

Another hour of new, new, NEW music on Beat Latino! What are you in the mood for? Experimental funk from Brooklyn via Cuba and Puerto Rico? (check Xenia Rubinos). Or perhaps some incredibly powerful Pacifico Colombiano via Queens and MAKU Sound System. There's also Fania remixed, a Galician muiñera, and even some classic Cuban son! This week's Beat Latino is a particularly wild and wonderful ride through everything we call Latino. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 23.04.2016

Beat Latino 23.04.2016

Featured photo: Poetas Eléctricos by Nicolas Gomes

And the word was made music! This week's Beat Latino celebrates National Poetry Month with songs made poems from Chile, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain and more. Enjoy the force of the word and the strength of the music united in power!