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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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/#_=_

This week #BeatLatino takes a trip to deep in the heart of Texas, to Austin where the Pachanga Latino Music Festival has taken place annually for seven years. 1 PM today on #vocalo!

This year’s line-up was truly amazing! As founder Rich Garza has noted, the festival is a state of the union of Latino music today, and in one day,  we had a chance to see La Vida Boheme from Venezuela, Niña Dioz and El Gran Silencio from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Making Movies from Kansas City, and much more —- Latino music from both sides of the border and Latin America!

Come enjoy the pachanga with us at Fiesta Gardens at the @PachangaFest in Austin!

#BeatLatino is all about celebrating new music this week! Such exciting nuevas rolas!  From the delicate jazz plus flamenco from Mexico and Spain (Magos Herrera and Javier Limón) to Swiss Balkan cumbia (yes you read that right! Jaro Milko and the Cubalkanics) to Austin, Texas electro-Venezuelan hip hop funk (Cilantro Boombox) it is a treat to share the amazingly unpredictable range of music from the Latin and Latino universe! Tune in at 1pm and ENJOY #listeningpleasures

¡Viva el 5 de mayo! Mexican-rooted, U.S. grown music for the 5 de mayo celebration on #BeatLatino! Tune in right now! Vocalo! http://interactive.wbez.org/player/

still on! Tune in! Beat Latino’s homage to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Music inspired by, commented on, loved by#gabrielgarciamarquez #graciasGabo #beatlatino and then later on archiveswww.beatlatino.com

Tune in at 1pm! Coming up, an hour of music in Ladino on #BeatLatino!

Yes, that’s right LaDino, not Latino, but there’s a 500 year-old connection between the two, showing the power of music as a powerful tool to keep a culture alive.

This week’s selection for Beat Latino highlights contemporary music as well as pieces over 500 years old, beautiful, complex melodies which have kept alive the romance language of Ladino, language of the Iberian Jews expulsed in 1492 from their homeland Sefarad.

From Ladino folk songs to Sephardic Jazz to Ladino Rock, this hour of Beat Latino features unforgettable music from an unforgotten land.