Beat Latino with Catalina Maria Johnson

Nuestra música: past, present and future


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Beat Latino airs Sundays on Radio Arte ( and is archived on this website weekly. Beat Latino specials are also licensed all over the United States  through the Public Radio Exchange.

Every hour of Beat Latino explores a particular musical concept with songs and rhythms from all over Latin America and Spain. This edition of Beat Latino, “Divas Latinas” pays homage to  legendary women of Latin Music.

The selection includes women who have been jailed and exiled for their music (Mercedes Sosa, Argentina); extraordinary composers (Chabuca Granda, Perú); artists who revived nearly forgotten musical genres (Susana Baca, Perú) or have reinvented traditional genres (Lila Downs, Mexico)…as well as artists who simply made our hearts sing along.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length Find on Amazon
Todo Cambia Mercedes Sosa Corazón Libre. Deutsche Grammophon 2005 04:21 find now
Ojo de Culebra Lila Downs Shake Away. Manhattan 2008 04:03 find now
Golondrina Presumida Lola Beltrán Las 100 Clásicas Rancheras. Sony BMG 2001 02:03 find now
En el último trago Chavela Vargas Volver, volver. Phantom 2007 02:43 find now
Son desangrado Soledad Bravo Lo Mejor: Número 2. Last Call Records 1998 05:00 find now
Júrame Tania Libertad Costa Negra. World Village 2003 04:04 find now
De los amores Susana Baca Eco de Sombras. Luaka Bop 2000 05:14 find now
Dolor y odio Eva Ayllón Eva: Leyenda peruana. Times Square 2004 02:22 find now
Landó Chabuca Granda Afroperuvian Classics: the soul of black Peru. Luaka Bop 1995 03:32 find now
La maldición de la Malinche Amparo Ochoa Cancionero Popular. Fonarte 1997 04:23 find now
Porque vas a venir Martirio Mucho Corazón. Sunny Side 2003 03:56 find now
Fever India 20th Century Masters. Hip-O Records 2005 04:11 find now
Tierra de luz Lila Downs and Mercedes Sosa Shake Away. Manhattan 2008 01:30 find now

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