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Catalina Maria Johnson

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  • Username: catalinamaria
  • Independent Host/Producer
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Catalina Maria Johnson

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BEAT LATINO: A musical light for the New Year! (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

We’re thinking here at Beat Latino that it would be wonderful to share more light and love for the New Year, because as the saying says, “It’s better to light a candle than ...
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BEAT LATINO: Music for New Year's Resolutions (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to changing for the better, so this week’s Beat Latino shares music for to accompany New Year’s resolutions. More music, less ...
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Homage to Guadalupe Tonantzín (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

This week Beat Latino goes to Mexico to celebrate one of the nations's most important holidays! There, as well as  all over cities in the U.S.A. with large Mexican ...
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Mariachi Women: Passion, Fire and Pure Emotion! (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

We were so inspired by the Latin Grammy won by Flor de Toloache, we put together a whole show to honor women in mariachi! It's the first time an all-female mariachi has won ...
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BEAT LATINO: #On Repeat #2017 #SuperFaves (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

It was a year of amazing music from the Latinx musical universe! Here's to the year’s sounds filled our hearts and ears and moved our souls and a toast the music of 2018! Enjoy!
Caption:  Palo, , Credit: courtesy of the artist.

BEAT LATINO: Tasty, sabroso to the max! (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

A holiday special designed to make you drool (musically, that is!) This week's Beat Latino a selection of tasty, super sabroso songs that are full of flavor-y, savory tunes! ...
Caption: Jorge Drexler, Credit:  imagine it media/ Warner Spain

BEAT LATINO: Movimiento (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

What defines us as humans? Certainly one of our key characteristics is an eternal drive to seek new horizons - sometimes in adventure, sometimes in search of a better ...
Caption: Mexican Calaca Puppet, Credit: Catalina Maria Johnson

BEAT LATINO: Day of the Dead Celebration (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

¡Fiesta para los Muertos! Party for the Day of the Dead!
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BEAT LATINO: ¡Fuerza, México, fuerza Puerto Rico! (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

FUERZA! A Puerto Rico y a Mexico! This week's Beat Latino send positive vibes and energy and strength to Puerto Rico and Mexico. It's an hour of classic tunes celebrating ...
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BEAT LATINO: Ancestral Grooves! (58:00)
From: Catalina Maria Johnson

Even as we hurtle forward into the 21st Century, our music looks back to the ancestors!

About Me

Catalina Maria Johnson, the host and producer of Beat Latino, as well as contributer of features on Latino musical arts to Chicago Public Radios, credits her bilingual and bicultural heritage to the tenacious insistence of a Mexican mom and a German/Swedish dad. Thanks to them, she grew up between two cities named St. Louis, one in Missouri, and the other, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Having traveled extensively and lived in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Honduras, Colombia, and other Latin countries, as well as having circled the globe at least once, visiting most of Europe, India, Japan, and Kenya, Catalina infuses her Latino/Latin radio shows with a multi-cultural perspective, highlighting the great richness and diversity of Latin music reaching back to classic recordings and looking ahead for the best of today's emerging sounds, styles, and performers.

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