Catalina Maria Johnson

International radio broadcaster, bilingual cultural journalist, music curator

Whether you choose to use the controversial word “Hispanic” as a self-identifier, the month celebration of Hispanic Heritage from September 15-October 15 is a wonderful time to check the latest music from a number of urban centers in the USA–from the mambo of Orkesta Mendoza (Tucson/Mexico) to the Afrocolombian psych-vibes of MAKU (Queens/Colombia) to the socially-conscious dream-pop of Maria del Pilar (Los Angeles/Chile) to the immigrant rock of Making Movies (Kansas City/Panamá, Mexico) to the folk ballads of Elena y Los Fulanos (Washington, DC/Nicaragua) to trilingual hip hop in Nahuatl, Spanish and English from Xiuhtezcatl (Boulder, Mexico) and way WAY beyond, it’s Beat Latino’s celebration of the month, Latinx-style!

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Cafeteando Dos Santos Anti-beat Orquesta Fonografic. Electric Cowbell Records 2016 02:26
Tiahuliz Light Xiuhtezcatl Martínez Break Free. Xiuhtezcatl Music 2018 02:24
Mambo in the dark Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta Mambo Mexicano. Cosmica Records 2012 01:57
Tributo a Dario Elena and Los Fulanos Elena and Los Fulanos. Elena and Los Fulanos 2017 03:20
Por encima MAKU Soundsystem 5 Fuegos. Peace & Rhythm 2018 04:36
Original Dreamers María del Pilar Single. Maria del Pilar, Casete Upload 2018 04:15
Peut-etre Diana Gameros Eterno Retorno. Diana Gameros 2013 04:55
Primera Vez The chamanas NEA II. Cosmica 2018 04:13
Me demandó San Cha Capricho del diablo. Outside Insight 2018 04:26
El jalapeño Chicano Batman Cycles of existential Rhytme. El Relleno Records 2014 02:21
Mambo rapidito Orquesta Akokán Orquesta Akokán. Daptone Records 2018 03:19
Como ratones Y la bamba Court the storm. Tender Loving Empire 2012 04:01
A change is gonna come Villalobos Brothers Aliens of extraordinary ability. Villalobos Brothers 2012 03:32
Visiones La mecánica popular Roza Cruz. Names You Can Trust 2018 04:04
Caballo Viejo Bang data Loco. Futuro Sonico 2018 03:59
Mucho corazón Mariachi Herencia de México Nuestra herencia. Mariachi Herencia de México 2017 04:05
Rican Beach Hurray for the riff raff The navigator. ATO Records 2016 03:32
This land is your land Las cafeteras Tastes like L.A.. Las Cafeteras Music 2017 03:39
Featured artist: Xiuhtezcatl, Courtesy of the Artist      

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