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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One year after Hurricane Maria, Beat Latino salutes the courageous people of Puerto Rico and their perseverance and valor in the face of unbelievab...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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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
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Because...sometimes, two languages are better than one! Especially when you mix and match and recreate words to express emotions just perfectly. Th...

Bought by WNYE and WNIN


  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week's Beat Latino is a wonderful selection of songs from women around our Latinx world! Women from Mexico to Brazil to Cuba to Colombia to Ch...

Bought by WNYE and WKAR


  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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The world is so beautiful in all its colors! And of course, we've sung about them plenty. This week's Beat Latino is dedicated to songs about color...

Bought by WNIN and WKAR


  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week Beat Latino celebrates Black History Month and the Afro Latinx experience, sharing amazing music about being an AfroLatinx, by AfroLatinx...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Christmas music from throughout the Latino musical universe

Bought by KRSC, KISU, WKAR, KMXT, KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2007
  • Length: 58:47
  • Purchases: 13
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Music from Sefarad: Mediterranean melodies in Ladino, the original language of Iberian Jews

Bought by WKAR, KZMU Moab Community Radio, KFCF FM, WNMU-FM, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 30, 2007
  • Length: 59:01
  • 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
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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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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
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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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Contemporary music from all over the Americas, that takes African roots into an electronic future!

Bought by WKAR, WNMU-FM, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 3
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Songs about leaving your land for another, accompanied by chants from the Chicago Mayday Immigration March!

Bought by WKAR and WNMU-FM


  • Added: Apr 17, 2007
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Tunes from throughout Latin American and Latino USA for summertime.

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Dec 19, 2008
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Music for St. Patrick's Day from the Latin/Latino musical universe

Bought by WKAR and WNMU-FM


  • Added: Mar 11, 2008
  • Length: 58:52
  • Purchases: 2
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Latin beat From Havana to New Orleans!

Bought by WKAR, WSLR, WNMU-FM, and KDNA Radio


  • Added: Feb 21, 2012
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 4
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Tunes from throughout Latin America and Latino USA for Mother's Day

Bought by WKAR, KREV-LP, WESM 91.3 FM, WNMU-FM, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Apr 29, 2008
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 8