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!
BEAT LATINO: Celebrating International Jazz Day!
Apr 30, 2021
April 30 is International Jazz Day and we’re here for it! Beat Latino’s selection this week is a sampler from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panamá, Brazil, Spain and more, jazzy sounds in every kinds of style or genre. You say you don’t like jazz? Check out this week’s Beat Latino and be amazed. You’re sure to find the jazz in your soul! Enjoy!
BEAT LATINO: At the Intersection of Music and History
Apr 21, 2021
This week’s Beat Latino is a sampler of tunes that hold the memories of moments of nuestra historia, some of them well-known and contemporary, others from the past and possibly forgotten. Melodies, tunes and grooves from Mexico, U.S.A., Puerto Rico and beyond the illuminate the times, past and present and hopefully inspire new futures! A Beat Latino for reflection and remembrance, and the joy in the power of la música!
Featured photo: Portion of the cover of Gustavo Cortiñas’ Desafío Candente
BEAT LATINO: NEW tunes NUEVECITO for April 2021!
Apr 19, 2021
One of our very very favorite Beat Latinos! It’s the new music edition for the month and season. Artists we’ve highlighted before and are happy to see their new music, like La Vida Boheme from Venezuela, MIMA from Puerto Rico, Nicola Cruz from Ecuador and France, and many more! Also new or recent discoveries – Ivonne Galaz from Mexico (check out one of the first young women taking up the trap/hip-hopped-corrido of northern Mexico, Travis Birds from Spain (in a beautiful feature with Argentina’s Kevin Johansen), Carina Salvado, French-Portuguese fado!