Catalina Maria Johnson

International radio broadcaster, bilingual cultural journalist, music curator

This week’s Beat Latino is a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of the greatest writers and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Our much beloved Gabo left a world made immensely richer not just by words spun together in the narrative web of Magical Realism, but characters and spaces that expanded our inner and outer worlds.

What you may not know is Gabo loved music, and even sang (with Carlos Fuentes!) as a side job in Paris as a young writer. He comments on musical experiences in many interviews and even in writing (he wrote about the Beatles and Shakira, just as two examples). This week’s Beat Latino is a good-bye and gracias to Gabo by playing music he commented on, tried to compose, mentioned and inspired. Enjoy!

Gabo playlist