Beat Latino with Catalina Maria Johnson

Nuestra música: past, present and future


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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) and including songs such as Libertá!, a freedom song that predicts a black man will be president. Enjoy!

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Afro Perú Negro Zamba Malato. Times Square Records 2008 03:41
Ritmos negros del Perú Nicomedes Santa Cruz Ritmos negros del Perú. 1957 02:23
Canto Negro M.A.K.U Soundsystem Makumbala. M.a.K.U SoundSystem 2013 08:26
Reina de Africa Susana Baca Afrodiaspora. Editora Pregon 2017 04:21
La negra tiene tumbao Celia Cruz La reina y sus amigos. Sony Music Latin 2011 04:13
Afro Boricua William Cepeda Bombazo. LIGHTYEAR 2007 05:39
La Morena La Negra Graciana La Negra Graciana Sones Jarochos con el trío Silva. Corason 1994 03:44
Menino do Bairro Negro Mariza Concerto Em Lisboa (Live). Parlophone Portugal 2015 02:54
Upa Negra Ruben Rada El Álbum Negro. Montevideo Music Group 2011 03:57
Libertá Novalima Coba Coba. Cumbancha 2009 03:41
El Cristo Negro Jose Mangual jr La tribu de Salsa. Tropical Budda Records 2009 03:01
Angelitos negros Eartha Kitt Back in Business. DRG Records 1994 03:46
Karamo AfroCubism AfroCubism. Nonesuch 2010 06:52

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