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.


20 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Quique Escamilla
This week's Beat Latino selects a wide variety of border ballads to highlight elevate our stories--the stories within---honest deeply knowledgable ...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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It’s time for the first “new music” episode of Beat Latino for 2020, and if this first batch is any indication, this decade is going to be fire! Th...

Bought by WNYE and WNIN


  • Added: Jan 22, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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As the New Millennium's Roaring 20's get started, nuestra música is looking amazing! This week's Beat Latino is all about trends that emerged in th...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Jan 06, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to changing for the better, so this week’s Beat Latino shares music for to accompany New Year’s resol...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jesse Reyez , Credit: by Philip Harris
WOW, the Grammy nominations 2019 in the Latino/Latinx/Tropical and beyond categories are fantastic! Notwithstanding that urbano continues to get th...

Bought by KSRQ, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Nov 25, 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
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Soulful grooves from all over Beat Latino's Musical Universe, from decades past to the present, because from Dallas to Bogotá to San Juán to Austin...

Bought by KSRQ, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week’s Beat Latino shares a selection of tunes in homage to beautiful characteristics of the many places from which we come. There’s music fro...

Bought by WNIN, KSRQ, and WNYE


  • Added: Sep 18, 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
Caption: Okan, Credit: Ksenija Hotic
This week we cross the border! In a northerly direction, that is, to check out the Latino musical scene north of the USA, from Toronto's salsa to M...

Bought by KSRQ, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Story-telling is a part of human nature, and we as Latinos come from lands of great storytellers. This week's Beat Latino shares the songs that tel...

Bought by KZYX, KALW, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Apr 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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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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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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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...

Bought by WNIN


  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Christmas music from throughout the Latino musical universe

Bought by WJAB, KRSC, KISU, WKAR, KMXT and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2007
  • Length: 58:47
  • Purchases: 14
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Tunes from all over the Latin & Latino universe to celebrate love!

Bought by KRSC, WKAR, KREV-LP, KMXT, and KUCB


  • Added: Feb 07, 2011
  • Length: 59:34
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Nicola Cruz
This week's Beat Latino is all about the landscapes that are the context and inspiration for our music: Jungles, mountains, Amazons, Andes...From t...

Bought by WNIN and WNYE


  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This hour of Beat Latino goes to Africa! The rhythms of salsa, bachata and rumba from the Americas was born with a large dose of Africa, thanks to ...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption:  iLe, Credit: by Cesar Berrios
It’s the month of romance and Valentine’s, and Beat Latino has you covered, with tunes of love and lots of wonderful torch songs, especially beauti...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It's time to revel in the beats of Carnaval, from Barranquilla to San Juan to Santo Domingo, Brazil to Colombia to Cuba, shake a tail feather (or t...

Bought by KSRQ, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Feb 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3