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.


102 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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A heartfelt tribute to El Paso and other border cities on this week's Beat Latino. From songs by "El Divo de Juarez," Juan Gabriel, to grooves from...

Bought by KSRQ, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Aug 21, 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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It’s time to get seriously groooooovy! Retro sounds old and new on this week’s Beat Latino! From Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, New York and all ov...

Bought by KSRQ, WNIN, and WNYE


  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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 ...

Bought by WKAR


  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ani Cordero
A celebration of the power of the people of Puerto Rico, who with art, grace and courage expressed outrage at an untenable political situation, and...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Natalia Lafourcade
We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing on this week's Beat Latino! A musical ode to that beautiful orb that is symbol of roman...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • 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
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
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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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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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It’s a HEAT WAVE on Beat Latino! Despite that winter’s frozen breezes still surround us, the music is nothing but hot on this week’s Beat Latino! F...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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Here on Beat Latino, as we approach July 4, it seems better than ever to share a set of freedom songs. It's an important topic for our culture, as ...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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: 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
Caption: Kumbia Queers
#beatlatino this week is all about nueva #kumbia! We love the #cumbia! North or south, no matter from which side of the border and all around the w...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This week's Beat Latino focuses on the beauty of our color brown, moreno skin, and the musical odes to  beautiful morenas to new anthems to the mix...

Bought by WKAR and WNIN


  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A musical journey throughout Mexico Magico

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


  • Added: Apr 29, 2008
  • Length: 59:06
  • Purchases: 5
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C'mon for a ride back to the future here on Beat Latino! This week, we take a listen to artists that take a page from the past to explore the prese...

Bought by KSRQ, WNYE, and WNIN


  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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