BEAT LATINO

Series produced by Catalina Maria Johnson

Series image
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.


102 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Fandango Fronterizo 2018- , Credit: Photo Courtesy of Arturo O'Farrill and "Fandango at the Wall"
This week's Beat Latino shares music with the vision of worlds way beyond borders and walls, and celebrates the dreams that have taken us to distan...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
This week’s Beat Latino lays down the boogie and plays that funky music! An hour dedicated to Latin funk, from classic funky covers from Venezuela ...

Bought by KMXT, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Jan 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Linniker at Womex 2018, , Credit: by Catalina Maria Johnson
We went all the way to Spain's Canary Islands this year to check out the latest world music sounds at Womex 2018, including some amazing global Lat...

Bought by WNYE and WNIN


  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dat Garcia Maleducada Remixes (cover) , Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
It's time to once again celebrate the era of the remezcla - the era of the remix!  Great tunes live on in new and infinite creative iterations as t...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Nov 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Because, Thanksgiving! This week’s Beat Latino is all about saying “gracias”, and the tunes that thanks love, life, family, the fans, music---even ...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Nov 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
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...

Bought by WNYE and WNIN


  • Added: Nov 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Los Rakas, Credit:  Nina Parks
It's a hour of Beat Latino dedicated to one of our most valuable treasures: home! Casa, barrio, vecindad - songs about what makes home special, and...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Feature photo: Kali Uchis,, Credit:  by Monophonic Girl.
There's some new, super-smooth sounds swirling around the Latinx musical universe! From Los Angeles to Dallas to Phoenix and New York, Latinx artis...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 22, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Whether you choose to use the controversial word "Hispanic" as a self-identifier, the month celebration of Hispanic Heritage from September 15-Octo...

Bought by KMXT, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Oct 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
This week’s Beat Latino takes traditional music way, way back and way into the future all at the same time! It’s an hour dedicated to ​the new abor...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 09, 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 ...

Bought by WJFF, WNYE, KMXT, and WNIN


  • 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...

Bought by KZYX


  • 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...

Bought by WNIN and WKAR


  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
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 WNIN, WNYE, and WKAR


  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
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
Caption: Zoraida Romero and Simuchi Xeenoj (Princess of the Comcáac Nation) Courtesy of Hector Guerra. Photo credit: Erika Maldo
This week Beat Latino takes a listen way beyond it's usual borders and celebrates Indigenous People's Day with First Nations sounds from North and ...

Bought by KMXT, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Oct 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
This week's Beat Latino celebrates the music of the human family - different Latino musical art forms named Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the ...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
This week's Beat Latino takes a journey to the European side of the Latinx diaspora, with beats and grooves from Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico ...

Bought by WNYE, WKAR, and WNIN


  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
Celebrate #laborday with #beatlatino!! An hour of songs that are odes to workers, including Las Cafeteras (featured photo) singing to the "Trabajad...

Bought by WNYE, KMXT, WNIN, and WKAR


  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1