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.


103 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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This week’s Beat Latino is a tribute to the city of Paris, mythic city of unparalleled beauty which has long symbolized spontaneity, romance, freed...

Bought by KALW, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Apr 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: featured photo: Taina Asili courtesy of the artist., Credit:  By Mike Morgan Photography
It’s time for Beat Latino’s roundup of the latest and greatest! From simmering flamenco-pop-trap star Rosalía to French prog rock infused Pacifico ...

Bought by WNYE and WNIN


  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week’s Beat Latino is an exploration of Andean-rooted tunes that take the groove from the ancestral? to the dance club! Check where the charan...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Jan 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Even as we hurtle forward into the 21st Century, our music looks back to the ancestors!

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bomba Estéreo, Credit:  Catalina Maria Johnson
This week's Beat Latino centers on songs about our roots: "raices". From Mexican pop singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade's anthem to the roots of ...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: May 31, 2018
  • Length: 57:49
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Li Saumet from Colombia's Bomba Estéreo, Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
The set of songs for this Beat Latino is your power and fuerza playlist, songs to inspire pulling out the strength that is always within us! ADELAN...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Oct 24, 2017
  • Length: 57:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Welcome to a magical mariachi tour! An hour dedicated to the mariachi, with traditional tunes, as well as the many-varied shades of mariachi tribut...

Bought by WKAR, KREV-LP, KDNA Radio, WNMU-FM, KHNS and more


  • Added: Oct 14, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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
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It’s a HEAT WAVE on Beat Latino! Despite that winter’s frozen breezes still surround us, the music is nothing but hot on this week’s Beat Latino! F...

Bought by WKAR and WNIN


  • Added: Jan 31, 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
Caption: “The Song Within” , Credit: by Jade Leyva-Frouge
This week’s Beat Latino is a musical tribute to our planet, Pacha Mama, Mother Earth! We have songs from Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Urug...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: Apr 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mexican Calaca Puppet, Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
¡Fiesta para los Muertos! Party for the Day of the Dead!

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An hour of melodies and rhythms that are all about working to celebrate Labor Day!

Bought by KUCB, KMXT, KUPR low power FM, KMXT, KZMU Moab Community Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 24, 2010
  • Length: 59:04
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Quetzal
Música for the Resistance! This week's Beat Latino presents a selection of songs to inspire us in these difficult times. From songs decrying police...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week's Beat Latino is a celebration of water - the cool and vital richness of this precious resource which is under siege world-round. It's an...

Bought by KZYX and WKAR


  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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: Jorge Drexler, Credit:  imagine it media/ Warner Spain
What defines us as humans? Certainly one of our key characteristics is an eternal drive to seek new horizons - sometimes in adventure, sometimes in...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The most "romanticas": The ultimate torch tunes from the Latin/Latino musical universe

Bought by WKAR, KMXT, KZYX, Marfa Public Radio, and KSJD


  • Added: Jan 27, 2009
  • Length: 59:05
  • Purchases: 5
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Music from the Latin and Latino universe directed at our presidents... including a couple of tunes for President Barack Obama!

  • Added: Jan 14, 2009
  • Length: 58:03
Caption:  Palo, , Credit: courtesy of the artist.
A holiday special designed to make you drool (musically, that is!) This week's Beat Latino a selection of tasty, super sabroso songs that are full ...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1