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.

letzte Folgen

Beat Latino | 22.09.2018

Beat Latino this week is all about.... ¡Puro tango que no es tango! Only tangos that are not exactly, tangos!

We're got flamenco tangos with Diego el Cigala and Martirio, tropical tangos with Ruben Blades, mariachi tangos with Vicente Fernández and Rocío Durcal, salsa tangos with Jerry Rivera, electro tangos with Gotan Project and much, much more! We love the genre-hopping that abounds today in our Latin musical universe!

Get your tango on (sort of!) with Beat Latino this week!

Beat Latino | 15.09.2018

Feature photo: Lao Rao, courtesy of the artist

This week's Beat Latino takes a journey to the European side of the Latinx diaspora, with beats and grooves from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and more via London, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid...A fascinating set of sounds from our paisanos who have crossed the pond and are mixing roots and legacies with the urban grooves of Europa, plus some very cool new sounds from Spain. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 08.09.2018

Featured image: Gabriel Garzón-Montano by Catalina Maria Johnson

September in CHI is lit! From Los Dells to Miller Lite Night to our marvelous World Music Fest, this week's Beat Latino takes a whirlwind paseo to catch the music we can hear live in the next month. Because Joy is a Form of Resistance! Never forget to Dance. Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 01.09.2018

Feature photo: Teri Gender Bender, Courtesy of the Artist.

This week's Beat Latino is another one of our regular editions on the latest of the latest tunes! Our new music is extraordinarily diverse and fabulous this month, from politically-charged Chilean hip hop (Rebel Diez) to irresistible dance grooves via Colombia and Austin (Superfónicos) to Afro-Andean beats (Novalima) to gypsy hip hop (Mala Rodriguez from Spain) to new Puerto Rican jazz (Miguel Zenón). Enjoy! And don't forget to support the artists!

Beat Latino | 25.08.2018

feature photo: SLV, Courtesy of the Artist, by Carolina Sanchez

As bilingual, bicultural beings on both sides of our borders (and both sides of the pond), nuestra música is being created in English as well as en español. Beat Latino this week shares a selection of recent tunes and grooves from the Latinx diaspora, with beats from cumbia to pop to psychedelic surf rock to hip hop to electronica: we claim it all! Enjoy!