A questions by a listener led to the inspiration for this week’s Beat Latino – how do I research? So thinking about trusted sources of music that Beat Latino counts on for its selection led me to share some of my favorite record labels! There’s some great music here, recent releases, but go beyond and check out ALL the artists on these labels’ rosters: Shika Shika, ZZK Records (and its imprint AYA), Guampara Records, Fertil Discos, Llorona Records, International Anthem, Anti Records, Nacional Records. Enjoy!
BEAT LATINO: Down to the Roots, las raíces
Aug 10, 2021
This Beat Latino celebrates the deeply-rooted contemporary creations of Latin@s from all parts of our Americas, artists that nurture their music very directly from the most vital and ancestral parts of their heritages, and re-envision them for our times. Featuring the music and portions of my interview of Dominican composer, guitarist, vocalist and Palotré band leader Yasser Tejeda, and highlighting sounds from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and the Latino USA. Enjoy, the wellspring of rhythms that are the foundation of nuestra música!
Featured photo: Yasser Tejeda by Mario Ruben Carrión
BEAT LATINO: Electro-Eco Music to Heal Our Planet
Aug 10, 2021
In celebration of Latino Conservation Week (Juy 17-25), Beat Latino shares music to make us aware of our planet’s riches as well as music projects specifically designed to preserve our planet and necessary wisdom held in ancestral communities. Trees, plants, birds, biodiversity and ancestral communities are all supported by music created and produced with our 21st Century technology – in the hopes of healing what our technology has wrought upon us so far. Protect PachaMama with these special tunes from Colombia, Central America, Spain, Ecuador and beyond, and enjoy!
Featured photo: Robin Perkins, “El Buho”, by Lizzet Diaz
BEAT LATINO: On Repeat – 2021 Favorites So Far
Jul 20, 2021
It’s our mid-year recap (part one of several!) and the music has been fabulous this year. Perhaps because last year was so difficult, our artistas are expressing so much, we’re excited to share some of our favorite tunes n’ grooves from the last months! Whether you are in the mood for singer-songwriters, electronica, smooth and sophisticated tropical beats, flamenquito, sultry and quirky jazz vocals, corrido tumbado…. we’ve got your something for your ears!! Enjoy!
Beat Latino: New Tunes n’ Grooves for July
Jul 12, 2021
It’s that time of the month again on Beat Latino where we cull the musical landscape to find the new releases that truly catch our ear, and share the gems we discover with you! Whether you’re in the mood for some mystical, magical soundscapes from el Cono Sur (Derrock’s remix of Uji) or ready to rock out, psych-style with Brazilian Beats (Bonfarte) or all set to chill with smart pop ballads (May Villanueva), this week’s Beat Latino has you covered! Enjoy!
BEAT LATINO: Summertime, and the music is easy!
Jul 12, 2021
It’s the easiest, breeziest, newest summertime music to take you through the warm months, moving, groovin’ and vibin’ along. With tunes from regional Mexican (Los Pikadientes de Caborca) to neo-soul (Luna Luna) to re-envisioned ritmos cubanos (Cimafunk), it’s summertime, and the music is easy!
BEAT LATINO: Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month!
Jun 22, 2021
This week’s Beat Latino celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month by celebrating the most expressive and story-telling art of music. The music created in the diasporas by immigrants who left their lands due to force or conflict or economic opportunity or even adventure is the greatest gift to the lands of destiny, and the selection of tunes we have for you is ample evidence of that! With British cumbias to Costa Rican rancheras to Canadian-Mexican pop, we celebrate the music we carry within to other lands. Enjoy!
BEAT LATINO: Celebrating Pride Month – El mes del orgullo
Jun 19, 2021
We’re celebrating Pride Month here on Beat Latino, with a wonderful conversation with singer/songwriter Renee Goust, and wonderful conversation about her latest album, La Apuesta. We covered topics of identity, musical traditions, changing lives through music, and the power of the arts, with music to match. ¡Viva la música para el mes del orgullo, on Beat Latino!
The days are warming up, and the new tunes and blooming like summer flowers! From French adolescents crooning timeless boleros (the ultra-charming Isaac et Nora) to new traditions uniting southern and northern First Nations (Canada’s Beny Esguerra) to a sultry torch-tune (Kali Uchis) and female empowerment (Dominican Republic and Italy’s Yendry) this week’s Beat Latino is sure to enchant your earbuds! Enjoy!
Take a ride with us through the Latinx musical diaspora on the other side of the pond! Nuestra música takes on new colors in new geographies! Here is a selection of artists whose musical legacies are rooted in both sides of the Atlantic — artists like from Murdocco (UK + Uruguay) to Jose Gonzalez (Sweden + Argentina) to Che Sudaka (Colombia + Spain) to La Dame Blanche (Cuba + France) and more, explore with Beat Latino what Latinidad means as it roots on the other side of the Atlantic. There’s some fascinating, daring music in this week’s Beat Latino! Enjoy!
BEAT LATINO: Mexico in the USA – Celebrating 5 de Mayo Week!
May 12, 2021
It’s a wonderful time to remember that Mexico in the USA means that this land can claim beautiful music as its own, and has been able to do so for several centuries. From California to Texas to New York and everything in-between, this land was made for music like this! Tex-Mex to pop to jarocho and more, all made in the USA is the focus of this week’s Beat Latino: It’s 5 de Mayo week, enjoy!
It’s that time of the month again when we spend the Beat Latino hour with new releases, and as always, it’s a special treat to celebrate the endless creative spirit of nuestra música. Chile, México, Puerto Rico, Spain, Cuba in the musical house! And many more lands and geographies and even languages that are all part of this Latin@, Latinx, IberoAmerican world! Enjoy!