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, #BeatLatino shares new Latino music from around the globe- whether in Colombia, San Francisco, Brooklyn or Cuba…

Nuestros artistas continue to amaze us as they explore what it means to musically express our shared cultural legacy—Ani Cordero revisits Latin American music from the XX century that marked  social and political transitions, Cuban Alfredo Rodriguez takes on a classic tango giving it a jazzy new dress; London-based Cineplexx spins dreamy soundscapes, including one tune with fellow-Argentinean Natalia Clavier's help, Austin-based songstress Gina Chavez brings on the nu-cumbia en inglés. It’s an indefinable, indescribable, always surprising hour of sounds - just like us.

Tune in to #BeatLatino at 1pm @vocalo and enjoy!

Photograph: Cover of “up.rooted”, Gina Chávez’ new album

Tune in today at 1PM CST! #beatlatino goes to #SXSW2014!

#SXSW may have gone too corporate and Lady Gaga for some, but for me the 5 day music-avaganza is still a one-of-a-kind  opportunity to discover and savor indie sounds of every kind and beat from all over Latin America, the Latino U.S.A. and Spain as well as Brazil. 

I was especially impressed with the chicas of our music, and gave them a special focus on Beat Latino’s weekly column in Hoy (Tribune Media, en español)

ENJOY!

right now on Vocalo! tune in to Camarón singing alongside Paco de Lucía’s masterful guitar-playing.

Adios, Paco!

An hour on #beatlatino dedicated to the maestro! #listeningpleasure #liveinmusic

There would simply not be Latin music as we know it without the gift of music from Africa, and this week’s Beat Latino celebrates Black History Month with a special selection of songs. I chose songs that are not only by Afrolatin@ artists, but speak to the experience of being black and latino itself.

Music from Perú, Uruguay, Mexico, Cuba and more, starting with the poem read by musician, poet and writer Nicomedes Santa Cruz that we use as the title - “Ritmos Negros" (Black Rhythms)

Tune in at 1pm!


This week’s #BeatLatino is all about #identidad! Where do we come from? Who are we? What names do we use to describe ourselves?

and most importantly, how do we tell our story?

So, let’s musically think about that all, and not forget to dance while we do!

Tune in! 1PM TODAY

Here in Chicago, it’s been all about the Polar Vortex! So in honor of snow, cold and things related, this week’s Beat Latino takes you to the hot, hot side of snow - whether it’s songs about cold hearts, ice cream and snowy, icy things, here are some melodies to warm your heart in wintertime!Right now on Vocalo.org, hot, hot songs about snow and things related!#friofrio #heladodechocolate #cremadeparaiso #heladonegrotune in!!!

Here in Chicago, it’s been all about the Polar Vortex! So in honor of snow, cold and things related, this week’s Beat Latino takes you to the hot, hot side of snow - whether it’s songs about cold hearts, ice cream and snowy, icy things, here are some melodies to warm your heart in wintertime!

Right now on Vocalo.org, hot, hot songs about snow and things related!

#friofrio #heladodechocolate #cremadeparaiso #heladonegro

tune in!!!

coming up soon on Vocalo.org! 1pm CST Beat Latino ‪#‎beatlatino‬‪#‎trending‬ #2014

do tune in!

¡los espero en #beatlatino para que descubramos y redescubramos las #tendencias para el 2014!

OK, we admit—at Beat Latino we’re total suckers for Christmas tunes, particularly in the realm of the Latino. There just seems to be no end of songs we create about Christmas, whether it’s the celebrating and other traditions, or the month of December, or just our unique stamp on the classics.

There’s a little bit of all of that and more, in this year’s Beat Latino Navidad special. So, sit back and let the music transport you to new places for the holidays…Whether it’s the soaring, smoky voice of Guatemala’s Gaby Moreno in an austere and elegant version of the Little Drummer Boy, the soulful twang of David Garza’s guitar in a rich, textured version of Silent Night, Puerto Rican cuatro masters such as Yomo Toro or even a rockabilly rockin’ Christmas tune from Argentina - there’s something for all kinds of celebrations. Here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Don’t forget to use the “suggestions” tab on the home page to let me know what your Christmas favorites are!

Tune in right now! 

SO excited to start sharing the music accompanied by the musician’s own words! First round of WOMEX 2013 interviews on Vocalo.org Beat Latino at 1pm CST today! #Mitú #Monareta #lachivagantiva #vivacolombia

SO excited to start sharing the music accompanied by the musician’s own words! 

First round of WOMEX 2013 interviews on Vocalo.org Beat Latino at 1pm CST today! 

#Mitú #Monareta #lachivagantiva #vivacolombia

Hola amigos! Tune in to Beat Latino right now! It’s a homage to the disappeared 4th letter of the Spanish-language alphabet, la “CH”, eliminated in 2010. I am also a linguist, and was sad that we lost this letter, which begins so many important musical words - cha cha cha, charanga, chamamé, chicha… so allow me a little musical rant- ¡Viva la CH! Enjoy!