Beat Latino with Catalina Maria Johnson

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Inspired by the play Another Word for Beautythis week’s Beat Latino is all about songs about beauty, and includes a wonderful conversation with Hector Buitrago, who composed the music for the play. The play tells an extraordinary story of beauty and redemption in a women’s prison in Colombia and its annual beauty contest, which got us reflecting on what is beauty for each of us, and is there another word for beauty? From El Salvador to Venezuela to Mexico, here’s songs that celebrate this promise of beauty and art in our lives!

Another Word for Beauty can be seen at the Goodman Theatre until Feb. 21, and also is part of the Goodman’s Latino Theater Festival 2016.

Feature photo: Another Word for Beauty (play by Jose Rivera, directed by Steve Cosson, music by Hector Buitrago). Photo courtesy of the Goodman Theatre.

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
La Belleza Mercedes Sosa Al Despertar. Universal Music Latino 1998 02:34:00
Goodman_ BEAUTY_DanceRehearsal xx xx. xx 0 54:00
Hector Buitrago interview – beauty xx xx. xx 0 15:00:00
La Fauna de las Nubes The Connectors Conector I I. Entrecasa Colombia 2011 02:45:00
Damaquiel Hector Buitrago Conector. Nacional Records 2006 02:09:00
La Belleza Del Gesto Montiel La Belleza Del Gesto. MDR Records 2005 06:20:00
Tanta Belleza Arnel “El Uniko” Tanta Belleza. Uniko Money Music Group 2015 03:33:00
Caótica Belleza [feat. Natalia Lafourcade] Esteman Caótica Belleza. EMI Latin (LAT) 2015 03:58:00
Belleza Charanga Cakewalk Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge. Triloka Records 2004 04:33:00
Las Bellezas Pacifika Amor Planeta. Six Degrees 2014 :00
Belleza Los Hermanos Flores Y Orquesta Casino 16 Super Exitos – Salvadorenisimo. Music Art Productions Inc. 2010 03:29:00
Belleza Dayren Santamaria Belleza. Santamaria Music 2015 05:15:00