BEAT LATINO

Series produced by Catalina Maria Johnson

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Image by: Santiago Weksler 

Beat Latino explores the past, present of future of Latinx music every week, curating an hour-long selection of songs around a relevant musical or cultural topic.

Beat Latino explores the past, present of future of Latinx music every week, curating an hour-long selection of songs around a relevant musical or cultural topic.

Presented in English AND Spanish by Chicago-based music journalist Catalina Maria Johnson, Beat Latino shares the wide, wonderful and amazingly eclectic creations from Latin America, Spain, the USA and other musically and cultural related lands.


98 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Los Rakas, Credit:  Nina Parks
It's a hour of Beat Latino dedicated to one of our most valuable treasures: home! Casa, barrio, vecindad - songs about what makes home special, and...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Whether you choose to use the controversial word "Hispanic" as a self-identifier, the month celebration of Hispanic Heritage from September 15-Octo...

Bought by KMXT, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Oct 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Feature photo: Kali Uchis,, Credit:  by Monophonic Girl.
There's some new, super-smooth sounds swirling around the Latinx musical universe! From Los Angeles to Dallas to Phoenix and New York, Latinx artis...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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 abor...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Zoraida Romero and Simuchi Xeenoj (Princess of the Comcáac Nation) Courtesy of Hector Guerra. Photo credit: Erika Maldo
This week Beat Latino takes a listen way beyond it's usual borders and celebrates Indigenous People's Day with First Nations sounds from North and ...

Bought by KMXT, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Oct 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption:  SLV, Courtesy of the Artist, Credit: 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...

Bought by WNIN, WKAR, and WNYE


  • Added: Aug 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Celebrate #laborday with #beatlatino!! An hour of songs that are odes to workers, including Las Cafeteras (featured photo) singing to the "Trabajad...

Bought by WNYE, KMXT, WNIN, and WKAR


  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Because...sometimes, two languages are better than one! Especially when you mix and match and recreate words to express emotions just perfectly. Th...

Bought by WNYE and WNIN


  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It's a special Beat Latino to celebrate FAMILY, familia. From the global families of citizens of the world to the family nucleus of parents and chi...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: Jul 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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LET’S DANCE! Me and you and you and me and all of us, it’s time to shake a tail feather or two, or as they say, a mover el esqueleto – move your bo...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week's Beat Latino is a wonderful selection of songs from women around our Latinx world! Women from Mexico to Brazil to Cuba to Colombia to Ch...

Bought by WNYE and WKAR


  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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 ...

Bought by WNYE, WKAR, and WNIN


  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's Beat Latino spends time with a special kind of Cuban music, both within and outside of the island -- songs inspired by the Yoruban Oris...

Bought by WJFF and WNYE


  • Added: May 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Photo: Mercedes Sosa in concert , Credit: by Victoria Bianco
A celebration of musical HERstory this week on Beat Latino! We honor the music created by fierce and powerful women who marked the lives of several...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
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The world is so beautiful in all its colors! And of course, we've sung about them plenty. This week's Beat Latino is dedicated to songs about color...

Bought by WNYE, WNIN, and WKAR


  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption:  Chicano Batman , Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
This week's Beat Latino is an ode to freedom: LIBERTAD! Feature photo: Chicano Batman by Catalina Maria Johnson

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Perro Negro
This week Beat Latino celebrates Black History Month and the Afro Latinx experience, sharing amazing music about being an AfroLatinx, by AfroLatinx...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Christmas music from throughout the Latino musical universe

Bought by KRSC, KISU, WKAR, KMXT, KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2007
  • Length: 58:47
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Hector Guerra, Credit: mmwendy photography
This week's Beat Latino honors Pacha Mama, Madre Tierra, Mother Earth with songs about her skies, flowers and birds, rivers, lakes, dawns and dusks...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A musical selection celebrating U.S. Latino Veterans

Bought by WJFF, KMXT, WNIN, and WKAR


  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4