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 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 takes a paseo around the world to explore the global side of Latino! Pictured are Ibeyi, French-Cuban twins and daughters of the superb Afrocuban percussionist Miguel ‘Angá’ Díaz, who like many of the artists in this week’s Beat Latino take their Latino roots to the most surprising places - Brazil, Morocco, Turkey, Portugal and beyond. #beyondcategories! Tune in 1pm today Friday!

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 over the Latino musical universe, starting in the 50’s and continuing ‘til today,  alma latina seriously infused the #SOUL movement and created some tasty, swinging tunes. Get ready to shingalin, bugalñu and boogie to the beat! #beatlatino on Vocalo at 1pm Friday, Sunday repeats at 11am. 

Feature photo: Cover of Sensacional Soul, Vampisoul Records

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! 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! 

! 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!