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 | 29.08.2015

Beat Latino

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This week's Beat Latino takes traditional music way, way back and way into the future all at the same time! It's an hour dedicated to ​the new aboriginal and indigenous-rooted music from all over the Americas, North and South, and all sung in original languages such as Quechua, Tzotzil and more! Take a wondrous paseo through ancestral music for the 21st Century!

Beat Latino | 15.08.2015

Beat Latino 15.08.2015

Feature photo: Joe Bataan at Lincoln Center of of Doors, Photo by Catalina Maria Johnson

Do the Boogaloo! This week's #beatlatino spins an irresistible selection of classic boogaloo newyorkian afrolatino funk n' soul grooves! Inspired by a fabulous boogaloo celebration at Lincoln Center Out of Doors last week in New York City which headlined maestro Joe Bataan, as well as the new doc on the story of Latin Boogaloo, we chose some of our favorite boogaloos from past and present, 'cause we like it like that!

Beat Latino | 08.08.2015

Beat Latino 08.08.2015

Feature photo: De Anza, courtesy of the artist

Well this week's #BeatLatino is one wild, wild ride! It's new music that goes from roots Venezuelan criollo folk to Peruvian electronica to Latino USA hybrids to cello-led experimental classical from Philly to Toronto's Cuban-driven salsa to Cuban rumba plus tap dance as percussion from New York City to...whew! There's more! But we'll let you listen, move, sway, dance, jump, tap and enjoy it all for yourselves. Time to explore the far, far reaches of the Latin and Latino musical universe!

Beat Latino | 01.08.2015

Beat Latino 01.08.2015

Feature photo: Descartes a Kant at Ruido Fest 2015, Photo by Catalina Maria Johnson​

The inaugural edition of Ruido Fest left most of us practically speechless (really!) in the breadth and depth of the music it covered in 3 days, 3 stages and about 10 hours of programming daily. From experimental artists like Guadalajara's Porter or Descartes to Kant to ferociously retro punk rockabilly en español like Rebel Cats to the Angelino psychedelic tropical beats of Chicano Batman to hip hop cousin duos Los Rakas to crowd-beloved veteranos like Molotov and Café Tacvba, it was a musical extravaganza that put Chicago firmly front and center as a Latino music center. As a festival, Ruido took it's place proudly amongst Pitchfork, Riot Fest and Lolla as a one-of-a-kind festival that is fast-making us not just the city of big shoulders, but of very very big ears! It was amazing, and this week's Beat Latino is just a taste of the musical madness that overtook us for one weekend in July. Enjoy!

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!