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.

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Beat Latino | 17.03.2018

Feature photo: Los Texmaniacs by Catalina Maria Johnson

This week's Beat Latino takes a paseo to check out Latinx folk music at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. From Panama/KC's Making Movies to Tejano legends Flaco Jimenez and the Texmaniacs to Nicaragua's folkoric rock from Elena y los Fulanos to Ecuadorian rocking guitarist Eljuri to Mireya Ramos from Mariachi Flor de Toloache, I had a chance to experience a wonderful array of folk sounds that we can begin to consider nuevo folk and an integral and important part of the music of the United States. Includes a part of of conversation with Kansas City's own Making Movies. Check it out!

Beat Latino | 10.03.2018

Feature photo: Mare Advertencia Lirika, 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 women, from classics like pop songstress Natalia Lafourcade's "Mujer Divina" to fierce hiphopera Mare's "¡Qué Mujer!" all the way from Oaxaca. ¡Viva la Mujer!​

Beat Latino | 03.03.2018

Feature photo: Dat Garcia, 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 this week's Beat Latino is all about this beautiful synergy! When Mexican American folk diva Lila Downs joins forces with French-Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux or Afrocuban pianist Omar Sosa's amazing notes mesh and harmonize with Seckou Keita's delicate kora or the richness of Quetzal's Cali grooves bounce against the vibrant R&B of Aloe Blacc... wondrousness ensues when musical minds come together! And in all cases in this week's Beat Latino, 1 plus 1 definitely equals way more than 2.


Beat Latino | 24.02.2018

​Feature photo: La Misa Negra, Courtesy of the Artist.​

T​his week's Beat Latino delves deep into the new sounds of the supremely eclectic Latinx musical universe! It's a wild and wonderful time for nuestra música , with cumbia-gone-rogue from Bay Area-style from Bang Data, afrobeat mambo gone-equally rogue from Oakland, Cali's La Misa Negra, sunny crooning from Chilean-Mexican Adan Jodorowsky, magnificent pairings such as Lila Downs and Ana Tijoux (Mexico and France-Chile) and new Cuban-tinged Caribbean grooves from Tanga (Vancouver, Canada) and much more! The sounds are all over the map, in more ways than one! Enjoy!

Beat Latino | 17.02.2018

​Photograph: Adan Jodorowsky, Courtesy of the Artist​

​This week's Beat Latino is a sunny selection of songs old and new to raise your spirits and share some positive vibrations! There's songs to positivity, beauty, good vibes, and better times from Colombia to Mexico to Chile to Havana to Jamaica! As the song by French-Chilean singer songwriter Adan Jodorwosky says, "Solo viene lo mejor" - "The best is yet to come!" Dance, relax and enjoy these positive vibrations!​