Catalina Maria Johnson

International radio broadcaster, bilingual cultural journalist, music curator

What really defines us as Latinos? And what defines our music? That can be a difficult question to answer, but that’s a very good thing. A recap of some recently created music truly defies categorizing! So we start this Beat Latino with Spanish rockeros Jarabe de Palo “Somos“–We are–and what we are includes: jazzy punked-up cumbia from Belgium via Colombia (La Chiva Gantiva), psychedelic salsa from Brooklyn via Peru and Latin America (La Mecánica Popular), U.K.-based Wara delivering cosmopolitan Cuban-riffs propelled by a Nigerian-Argentinean vocalist, beautifully lyrical indigenous-flavored jazz from a Colombian-U.S. bassist known as Snow Owl–all of this, and more. Enjoy!

 

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