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 | 30.07.2016

Beat Latino 30.07.2016

​Feature photo: La Santa Cecilia by Catalina Maria Johnson​

This week's Beat Latino explores songs from the past and present that speak to who we are.

How do we identify ourselves? Who tells our story? Where do we say we come from?

So, here's a special selection from all over the Americas that sings about a few possibilities. We have expressed regional pride (Soy de Durango), sung of our immigrant status (Emigrante Latino), our mestizo heritage (Soy Mexicoamericano), our shared heritage with others (Soy latino) and much, much more.

And we end the show with a question - ¿Quíen Soy? Who am I?
Here's to telling your own story, in words and songs of your own choice! And of course, dance all the while doing so!

Beat Latino | 23.07.2016

Beat Latino 23.07.2016

​Feature photo: Money Chicha, by courtesy of artist​

This week's musical paseo on Beat Latino through the new releases includes Cuban changüi from Los Angeles, new music from another one of Austin's prolific and uber-talented Adrian Quesada with the Echocentrics and southwestern desert rock, and even more Austin goodies with Money Chicha, which features members of the Grammy-award winning Latin orchestra Grupo Fantasma and its offshoot funk outfit Brownout performing sounds inspired by Peru and Colombia. For the quieter part of the our paseo, check the lovely jazz tune to Mozambique by Cuba's Harold-Lopez Nussa or the re-imagined boleros of Frankie Reyes (aka Gifted and Blessed). There's never a lack of wondrous grooves in the Beat Latino universe!

Beat Latino | 16.07.2016

Beat Latino

This week's Beat Latino invites us to reflect musically on the terrible effects of guns, weapons, bullets and violence on our society. There's also songs in favor of peace from all over our Latino and Latin American musical universe. All of this is offered with great hopes for harmony and peace in the near future - we've been singing about violence and bullets for much too long.

Beat Latino | 09.07.2016

Beat Latino

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This week's Beat Latino celebrates the music of the human family - different Latino musical art forms named Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the Unesco, from Colombia's marimba music of the Pacific coast, to Argentina and Uruguay's tango to Mexico's mariachi and much, much, more.

These are times to remind ourselves more and more in the music and the arts that we are one, whole, indivisible, human family. Without borders. Without fences. Beyond divisive ideologies and the hatred that cleaves us one from the other. When we hear the music, how can we doubt that we are one?


Beat Latino | 02.07.2016

Beat Latino 02.07.2016

Photo: Courtesy of Ruido Fest

​It's time for the second annual Ruido Fest and it's a rock-en-español-extravaganza coming to Chicago! This week's Beat Latino shares some of the groups we're most excited about seeing, including Las Robertas from Costa Rica, Mon La Ferte from Chile, and of course, the great classic pioneer roqueros par excellance: Aterciopelados from Colombia. ¡Viva el ruido de Ruido Fest!