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 | 23.09.2017

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This week's Beat Latino is dedicated to tunes about dreams. Whether it's the American dream, dreams of a better life, dreams of a new world, a new romance or just plain dreaming, we've written music about it, from the stylized techno-merengue of Dominican Republic's Rita Indiana to the salsa with a conscience of New York's La Excelencia. Enjoy! And never stop dreaming!

Beat Latino | 09.09.2017

featured photo, courtesy of the artist

This week 's Beat Latino is dedicated to the fabulous music we will get to hear at the Chicago World Music Festival 2017! Music from all over the world in dozens of venues around our city. From our side of the music, there'll be bands from Venezuela to Haiti to Cabo Verde to Argentina and with beats from Afro-Venezuelan tambor to mariachi to funaná to Latinx folk, it's going to be an AMAZING September in Chicago! Join us to celebrate the music of citizens of the world on Beat Latino! With special comments from Betsayda Machado about La Parranda el Clavo from Venezuela.

Beat Latino | 02.09.2017

Feature photo - Las Cafeteras, Courtesy of the Artist

Celebrate #laborday with #beatlatino!! An hour of songs that are odes to workers, including Las Cafeteras (featured photo) singing to the "Trabajadores, trabajadoras" and tunes about working, not working, working too much for no money, having to work and more... from all over the Americas and Spain, ¡Vivan los trabajadores y las trabajadores! Workers of the world, we salute you!

Beat Latino | 26.08.2017

Rebeca Lane, Courtesy of the Artist

Beat Latino celebrates the conjunction of celestial bodies that had us all staring at the sky in wonder and awe - last Monday, when the sun and moon coincided and many of us in North America got to experience TOTALITY! And it was totally awesome. So, the music in this week's Beat Latino is all about the moon with a bit of the sun. It was most memorable because for a brief moment in time when we were something else - creatures of this planet in love with our heavens.

Beat Latino | 19.08.2017

​Feature photo: Bomba Estéreo. Courtesy of Sony Music.

This week's Beat Latino focuses on the beauty of our color brown, moreno skin, and the musical odes to beautiful morenas to new anthems to the mixtures of international peoples from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Spain. As Bomba Estéreo sings in their new anthem "Internacionales": "Mezclados, somos todos mezclados, venimos de todos lados, la misma historia con otro sabor" (Mixed, we are all mixed, we come from everywhere, the same history with different flavors)". Amen!