Beat Latino (Fridays at 1pm CST/Sundays 11am)

A weekly exploration of the past, present and future of the Latino musical universe.

Airs on Vocalo 89.5 FM/90.7 FM and Vocalo.org every Friday at 1pm and Sundays at 11am CST.

Catalina Maria Johnson, the host and producer of Beat Latino is also a feature writer for HOY (Tribune Media), Revista Contratiempo, Arte y Vida and Gozamos, and a contributor to the Official Afropop World-Wide blog.

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This week on Beat Latino, a preview of upcoming music LIVE in Chicago for this Fall. and YAY here’s a new way to listen to #BeatLatino and all the great radio on Vocalo.org! We have (another) brand new signal 91.1fm! Great coverage on North and South Sides of Chicago. added to  90.7fm on the West Side, and 89.5fm in NW Indiana. 

Featured photo: La Yegros, coming to World Music Festival in September.

Back to basics on #beatlatino today! Tune in now nuevo #folk from Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Spain and more! Singer-songwriters with lots of new rhythmic twists taking folk to places it’s never been before! 


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! but#notyourgrandmascumbia #beatlatino this week is all about nueva #cumbia.! We love the cumbia! North or south, no matter from which side of the border and all around the world, the cumbia has been the musical heartbeat of Latino music for the better part of several centuries! Our 21st century has its own flavors of cumbia, and that’s what this weeks Beat Latino is all about! Tune in 1pm on Vocalo!

Feature photo: Kumbia Queers, courtesy of the artist

It’s an eclectic mix of magical tunes, on this weeks #beatlatino, as we explore new music from Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, México and more! Whether #tango to# trova, from electronica to #flamenco to punk #mariachi, we’ve got your beat! Tune in to Vocalo,org at 1pm CST!

feature photo: Monica Giraldo, by Yeremi Vega


Nuestras mujeres del hip hop! 
Tune in to this week’s Beat Latino as we share rapping, rhyming, wonderful women. Truly the musical poets of our time! From Cuba to Chile to México, it’s time for the chicas  to take center stage. Women of hip hop on #beatlatino 1pm Vocalo!

Foto: Danay Suárez

coming up in just a few! #beatlatino goes to the Sacred Music Festival in Fes! Yes, that’s Morocco, and a part of the world that was once a kingdom that stretched north until a great part of Spain! It’s one of the greatest music festivals in the world in arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the music is curated to share this message: We are one. We are all in this together. 1pm!

right now! #LAMC 2014 recap on #beatlatino. Tune in! #rock #funk #punk #electronica #hiphop #andeverythinginbetween!

We’re celebrating #July4 here on #BeatLatino with a set of freedom songs! It’s an important topic for our culture, as we have had to wrestle with degrees of freedom for so much of our history.

What does it mean to be free? How does it feel? How have we struggled for freedom? And what does freedom mean as we live and love?

The answers resound in our music - from hip hop to ballads to salsas and more, from Chile to Ecuador to Mexico to Cuba and beyond, let the #freedom songs ring!

Tune in 1pm today!

It’s that time again! #BeatLatino celebrates our passion for fútbol with a mighty rhythmical official selection of music for the occasion! It’s that time again! Beat Latino celebrates our passion for fútbol with a mighty official selection of music for the occasion! Viva el #fútbol! Enjoy! Here’s music shared with much hope for a future where we balance the benefit for the sport as much as the benefit for the land! Viva #Brazil! #Mundial #WorldCup
Tune in! 1pm CST today Vocalo!

It’s that time again! #BeatLatino celebrates our passion for fútbol with a mighty rhythmical official selection of music for the occasion! It’s that time again! Beat Latino celebrates our passion for fútbol with a mighty official selection of music for the occasion! Viva el #fútbol! Enjoy! Here’s music shared with much hope for a future where we balance the benefit for the sport as much as the benefit for the land! Viva #Brazil! #Mundial #WorldCup

Tune in! 1pm CST today Vocalo!

Latino veterans have for decades fought and lost their lives for this land. This special edition of #BeatLatino musically celebrates the accomplishments and dedication of the 1.3 million U.S. Latino #Veterans. 
The selection of songs includes “Tribute to Veterans” by Leti de la Vega, Al Reyes “Vietnam Veterano” and “Pastures of Plenty-This Land is your Land” by Lila Downs. Enjoy! And please remember kindly those who risked everything for us. Happy #Memorial Day! Right now - tune in! And Sunday again at 11am.
http://interactive.wbez.org/player/#_=_

Latino veterans have for decades fought and lost their lives for this land. This special edition of #BeatLatino musically celebrates the accomplishments and dedication of the 1.3 million U.S. Latino #Veterans.

The selection of songs includes “Tribute to Veterans” by Leti de la Vega, Al Reyes “Vietnam Veterano” and “Pastures of Plenty-This Land is your Land” by Lila Downs. Enjoy! And please remember kindly those who risked everything for us. Happy #Memorial Day! Right now - tune in! And Sunday again at 11am.

http://interactive.wbez.org/player/#_=_