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.


89 Pieces

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Hot music that'll keep you cool! Whether its celebrating the sun, our coasts or tropical breezes, a medley of tunes from throughout Latin American ...

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
Caption: Colombia's Herencia de Timbiquí, Credit: courtesy of the Artist
This week's Beat Latino celebrates Mom's around the Americas! From Cuba and Perú to Argentina to Mexico, Spain the USA and more lands, the praises ...

Bought by WJFF, WNYE, KMXT, and WNIN


  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Las Cafeteras, Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
There's no need to wait for June to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month! Any time is a great time to honor the hands and hearts that have brought so...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Is there anything that says “beach music” as much as the twist? Come out and twist with me, because SUMMERTIME! Twist Fiesta on #beatlatino--with a...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We really do love tribute albums and covers here at Beat Latino! To be able to take a song we've heard hundreds of times and somehow, extracting ne...

Bought by WJFF and WNYE


  • Added: Apr 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: a Mecánica Popular by Mariano Paul,, Credit: courtesy of the Artist
What an amazing Spring we have coming our way! Winter may not want to leave some of our cities, but the music is getting hotter than ever!

Bought by WNYE and WJFF


  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s time to celebrate the first Mother of all of us on earth – Pacha Mama, Mother Earth. This week on Beat Latino I’ve selected songs to Pacha Ma...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 1
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And the word was made music! This week's Beat Latino celebrates National Poetry Month with songs made poems from Chile, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Sp...

Bought by WKAR and WNIN


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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What an amazing time this year's SXSW ended up being! One of the best, truly. The curation was outstanding at showcases from Colombia, Mexico, Spai...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Apr 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Feature photo: Villalobos Brothers at Mundial Montreal 2016. , Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
This week's Beat Latino celebrates the other Mexico, el otro México, on this side of the border. From Tucson, New York, Los Angeles and other citie...

Bought by WNIN and WKAR


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dengue Dengue Dengue
This week's Beat Latino takes a listen to recent musical creations that incorporate electronica and the computer as an absolutely necessary instrum...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WNIN and WKAR


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mare Advertencia Lirika, , Credit: courtesy of the Artist
It's a musical celebration of HERstory month - March is Women's Herstory Month and Beat Latino has an hour of tunes by women, for women, about wome...

Bought by WNYE, WKAR, and WNIN


  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:07
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Dat Garcia, Credit: courtesy of the Artist
It is fascinating to listen to the results of musicians collaborating, each artist adding a complementary or paradoxical piece to the mixture, and ...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: Mar 04, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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There would simply not be Latin music as we know it without the gift of music from Africa, and this week's Beat Latino celebrates Black History Mon...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • 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
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Music from Sefarad: Mediterranean melodies in Ladino, the original language of Iberian Jews

Bought by WKAR, KZMU Moab Community Radio, KFCF FM, WNMU-FM, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 30, 2007
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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From 16 century mystics to Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca - a wonderfully danceable sampler of Latin American and Spanish poems

Bought by WKAR, KSJD, and WJAB


  • Added: Apr 14, 2007
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3