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, with bilingual commentary.

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.


101 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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It's the New Music edition for the month here on Beat Latino, and the pickings are fabulous! From the seductive flow of Paris-based Brazilian Dom L...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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We lost another cultural icon of nuestro mundo this week: the one and only Walter Mercado, whose wonderfully imaginative persona brought creative p...

Bought by WNYE, KSRQ, and WNIN


  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week is a very special edition of Beat Latino, a homage to the eternal spirit of art, the power of music and its possibility to transform soci...

Bought by KSRQ, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Jenny and The Mexicats, Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
This week's edition of new music has something for absolutely everyone. Urban Roots baladas from Los Angeles? San Cha. Check! Electronic Folklore f...

Bought by WNYE, WNIN, and KSRQ


  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Beat Latino this week is all about…. ¡Puro tango que no es tango! Only tangos that are not exactly, tangos! We’re got flamenco tangos with Diego e...

Bought by KSRQ, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • 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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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
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All kinds of ritmos, rhythms from here, there and everywhere! From Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Peru--and more! International, full of light, loving, ho...

Bought by WKAR and WNYE


  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour of music from all over the Latin and Latino Universe to celebrate the Day of the Dead!

Bought by KRSC, WKAR, KREV-LP, WNMU-FM, and KZYX


  • Added: Oct 26, 2009
  • Length: 57:44
  • Purchases: 5
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Thanksgiving music from the Latin/Latino musical universe

Bought by WSLR, WKAR, WSLR, WNMU-FM, KRCB-FM "Radio 91" and more


  • Added: Nov 09, 2009
  • Length: 58:18
  • Purchases: 13
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Contemporary music from all over the Americas, that takes African roots into an electronic future!

Bought by WNYE, WKAR, WNMU-FM, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 4
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
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
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LET’S DANCE! Me and you and you and me and all of us, it’s time to shake a tail feather or two, or as they say, a mover el esqueleto – move your bo...

Bought by WNYE


  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An hour of tunes from the Latin & Latino universe to celebrate our legendary cities!

Bought by WKAR and Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 11, 2009
  • Length: 57:39
  • Purchases: 2
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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 ...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 1
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As the weather gets cooler, Beat Latino keeps it warm with tunes from all over the Latin & Latino musical universe to celebrate the season of Autumn!

Bought by WKAR, WNIN, KREV-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Oct 14, 2010
  • Length: 58:06
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's Beat Latino spends time with a special kind of Cuban music, both within and outside of the island -- songs inspired by the Yoruban Oris...

Bought by WJFF and WNYE


  • Added: May 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 1
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Oscar-winning soundtracks by and about Latinos to celebrate the Latin side of Hollywood!

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Feb 07, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1