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 | 20.05.2017

​Feature photo: Quetzal. Courtesy of the Artist.​

Música for the Resistance! This week's Beat Latino presents a selection of songs to inspire us in these difficult times. From songs decrying police violence to songs for protecting the environment, to tunes expressing solidarity with the #Blacklivesmatter movement to others questioning the President, this week's Beat Latino has your protest soundtracks covered. Enjoy! And Resist.

Beat Latino | 13.05.2017

Feature photo: Courtesy of Ruido Fest

This week we take a sneak peek at the amazing selection of live acts that we will be able to see in the three days of Ruido Fest 2017, back for the it's third annual rock-reggae-electronic-indie-pop-latinx-en español-en inglés-bilingual music-avaganza with artists from all over Latin America and the Latinx USA. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 06.05.2017

Feature photo: Villalobos Brothers at Mundial Montreal 2016. Photo: Catalina Maria Johnson

This week's Beat Latino celebrates the other Mexico, el otro México, on this side of the border. From Tucson, New York, Los Angeles and other cities even beyond our northern border, this week's selection shares a vision of a the Mexican side of this immigrant nation, and celebrates its musical contribution to the culture. We also share a wonderful conversation we had at Mundial Montreal 2016 with the Villalobos Brothers, a trio of virtuoso violinist brothers from Xalapa, Veracruz who are now based in New York. Luis, Alberto and Ernesto share how their experiences have shaped a joyous music that they now use to build cultural bridges this side of the Rio Grande.

Happy 5 de mayo!

Beat Latino | 29.04.2017

Feature photo: Joan Baez. WFUV Public Radio.

This week's Beat Latino celebrates National Poetry Month with a selection of sung poems – from Cuba's Nicolas Guillén and José Martí to Nobel-Prize awarded Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, to poets that were tragically killed for their words – Miguel Hernandez and Federico García Lorca from Spain, Victor Jara from Chile. In a special way, Beat Latino salutes the wonderful power of word in rhythm which is, as one of the sung poems states, "a weapon loaded with the future."

Beat Latino | 22.04.2017

Featured photo: Dat Garcia, ZZK
Record​'s First Female Producer. Courtesy of the artist.

Springtime has sprung and we have the music to show! This week's Beat Latino share a musical cup that truly runneth over, a wonderful and wide selection of new music for this primavera, is making us truly truly happy! From Gabriel Garzón-Montano's neo soul to Barrio Lindo's futurist folk to Dat Garcia's electro-folk ballads to Spam All Stars AfroCuban funk and SO much more. Enjoy!