BEAT LATINO

Series produced by Catalina Maria Johnson

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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.


102 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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C'mon for a ride back to the future here on Beat Latino! This week, we take a listen to artists that take a page from the past to explore the prese...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Vicente Garcia, , Credit: courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ebru Yildiz
It's a Beat Latino for every kind of day! From sunny ballads to tunes for cloudy days, music is always there to celebrate the good times and smooth...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Hot summer rhythms to cool you off! ¡Feliz verano, amigos! With classic tunes such as Conchita Velasco’s 60’s scorcher and salsa de Sol Caliente fr...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Orquesta Akokan at National Sawdust, by Alex Cascone
Is there any sunnier music than the mambo? From it's origins in the 1940's to it's latest versions, the mambo has had us moving happily for decades...

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  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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his week Beat Latino takes a paseo around the world to explore the global side of Latino! For example, we start with Ibeyi, French-Cuban twins and ...

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  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bomba Estéreo, , Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
This week's Beat Latino celebrates the beauty of dawns and daybreaks in song. Such special times of the 24 hours it takes us to go around the sun! ...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mabiland, Credit: by Catalina Maria Johnson
This month's Beat Latino celebrates the poetry in hip hop!

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Story-telling is a part of human nature, and we as Latinos come from lands of great storytellers. This week's Beat Latino shares the songs that tel...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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We Latinos like to write songs about all aspects of our lives… love, family, friends, dancing, and of course, there’s lots of songs about music! Th...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jessica Hernández and the Deltas, , Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
There's a recent trend to create music in both Spanish and English (even when the artist has primarily sung in one or the other) that we find fasci...

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  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kumbia Queers
#beatlatino this week is all about nueva #kumbia! We love the #cumbia! North or south, no matter from which side of the border and all around the w...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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 mix...

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  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Diamante Eléctrico from Colombia, Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
This Beat Latino spends an hour with songs of memories, remembering and of course, forgetting. Sit back, sip a bit of tea or vino, and bask in the ...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the magnificent Sgt. Pepper album by the Beatles in 2017, so Beat Latino celebrates with an hour of All a...

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  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Chiva Gantiva, Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
Well, most Beat Latinos are all about singing and dancing, but this one is in a special way: All the songs in this week's edition are about just th...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's Beat Latino celebrates the music of 'Afrimérica' - the legacy of melodies and rhythms that were born in Latin America thanks to the pre...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Happy Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s time for Beat Latino’s tribute to all songs about love, amor from the ultra romantic torch tunes to a few about l...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rosalía, Credit:  by Miguel Angel Villar
It's a back to the present and on to the future Beat Latino! This week's edition takes our genres -- salsa, Peruvian folkloric, flamenco, mariachi,...

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Luzmila Carpio, , Credit: Michael Coghlan
This week's Beat Latino celebrates the persistence of First Nations Peoples across the Americas and kicks off 2019 as International Year of Indigen...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tonina
This week's Beat Latino celebrates the romance of the month of February and it's Valentine's Day with musical kisses! From mariachi to mambo to roc...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2