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.


99 Pieces

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This week's Beat Latino shares some of our favorite tunes from a wide variety of Latin Grammy nominees, from regional to alternative Latin to urban...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Here's to Life! A musical ode to LIFE. It's a time for #beatlatino to share songs about the great gift of life, the walks of life, the ups and down...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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 ...

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  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Lila Downs, Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
This week's Beat Latino is all about dangerous women and their music: las peligrosas - Fierce, wonderful artists and the vital music they create. F...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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...

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  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

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  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's Beat Latino shares songs about Mamá Africa, celebrating Black History Month and the gifts from African music to the Americas. From Perú...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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This week's Beat Latino celebrates the music of the human family - different Latino musical art forms named Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joan Baez
This week’s Beat Latino celebrates National Poetry Month with a selection of sung poems – from Cuba’s Nicolas Guillén and José Martí to Nobel-Prize...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Romance is in the air (waves) on this week's Beat Latino because it's the season for love! So we celebrate songs of the heart with a timeless selec...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 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...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Manu Chao in concert, Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson
Inspired by Manu Chao's recent music which includes "Words of Truth", this week's Beat Latino selects songs that reflect words of truth.

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week’s Beat Latino explores songs from the past and present that speak to who we are. How do we identify ourselves? Who tells our story? Wher...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
Caption: La Santa Cecilia, Credit:  Courtesy of the Artist
It's time for Beat Latino's musical celebration of 5 de mayo! Music from both sides of the border - because we celebrate 5 de mayo both here and th...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This week’s Beat Latino is dedicated to tunes about dreams. Whether it’s the American dream, dreams of a better life, dreams of a new world, a new ...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ana Tijoux, Credit:  Inti Gajardo
This week's Beat Latino is an exploration of the many ways we have identified ourselves musically- as Latinos, as americanos, as more than american...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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We’re thinking here at Beat Latino that it would be wonderful to share more light and love for the New Year, because as the saying says, “It’s bett...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Uxia & Narf, Credit: courtesy of the artist
Beat Latino shares music for the springtime! It's the beginning of April, and the warm breezes of Springtime have inspired tunes from all over the ...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We were so inspired by the Latin Grammy won by Flor de Toloache, we put together a whole show to honor women in mariachi! It's the first time an al...

Bought by KZYX and WNIN


  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2