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, with bilingual commentary.

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.


27 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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May Music has been just too fabulous to do just one monthly edition here on Beat Latino! This week's selection of recent releases are all in the Be...

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  • Added: May 16, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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We're psychedelic in a major way this week on Beat Latino, whether we're talking cumbia or ballads or tumbao or pop or rock! Enjoy how nuestra músi...

Bought by WNIN, KSRQ, WNYE, and WYSO


  • Added: May 09, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Every month this edition of Beat Latino is more surprising than the last! Eclectic, fabulous, rich grooves that share a vision of the world that is...

Bought by KMXT, WNIN, KSRQ, WNYE, and WYSO


  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Inspired by the Folk Arts International award , "Spirit of Folk", given by Folk Alliance International to Eugene Rodriguez , this week's Beat Lati...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A March and Women's History Month special on Beat Latino: Composing women! Las compositoras from all over the Americas and the Ibero American penin...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We are continuing our celebration of Women's History Month by highlighting collaborating musical women on this week's Beat Latino! From hip hop rhy...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's Beat Latino shares some wonderful recent sounds in Portuguese from Portugal and Brazil, and a lovely interview with Thais Morrell, a Br...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Nezza
From Chicago (Beat Latino's hometown!) to Los Angeles, to Seattle, Kansas City and points beyond and across the USA, Latine-Latinx artists represen...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Take a ride with us through the Latinx musical diaspora on the other side of the pond! Nuestra música takes on new colors in new geographies! Here ...

Bought by KMXT, WNMU-FM, WNIN, KSRQ, and WNYE


  • Added: May 25, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Mireya
It's a treat to share familiar, classic tunes in fresh and surprising versions! From a wild "Walk of the Wild Side" to one of the most classic anti...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Cover from Ekelekua by D.J.Jigue
A questions by a listener led to the inspiration for this week's Beat Latino - how do I research? So thinking about trusted sources of music that B...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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When you close your eyes and imagine your favorite cities, from hometowns to traveled delights, what comes to mind? Surely, sights and smells, but ...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's Beat Latino is a sampler of tunes that hold the memories of moments of nuestra historia, some of them well-known and contemporary, othe...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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This Beat Latino celebrates the deeply-rooted contemporary creations of Latin@s from all parts of our Americas, artists that nurture their music ve...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Featured photo: Robin Perkins, “El Buho”, Credit: by Lizzet Diaz
In celebration of Latino Conservation Week (Juy 17-25), Beat Latino shares music to make us aware of our planet's riches as well as music projects ...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Cover art for Ghetto Kumbe’s new album.
Put your dancing shoes on for this Beat Latino! It's time to celebrate our tambor, tambó, drum! From all over the Americas, we celebrate and thank ...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Much more than polkas! An hour of Beat Latino dedicated to the story of what happened to the accordion in the Americas - Whether its vallenato in C...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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The cumbia has been called "the musical backbone of the Americas", and indeed it is! Ever since it emerged from the Guinean dance rhythm of "kumbé"...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Niña Dioz & Hispana
The times, they are a changin', and this week's Beat Latino has the tunes for a new era of collaboration, in the spirit of finding common ground an...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2020
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's Beat Latino explores music that connects the dots between genres, generations, countries and nations, in the most unexpected ways! We'v...

Bought by KSRQ, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Jan 26, 2021
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3