WFMT is proud to present KAIA String Quartet as its first ensemble in residence. Victoria Moreira (violin), Naomi Culp (violin), Amanda Grimm (viola), and Hope Shepherd DeCelle (cello) are devoted to capturing the essence of Latin American culture through the medium of the string quartet. From May – July 2017, KAIA takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America with daily segments, live broadcasts, and exclusive digital content that is fun for all ages.   Listen weekdays at 9:05 am and 6:00 pm to explore the music of Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Cuba, Central America, and Argentina. Enjoy each segment again after it airs below, and discover more about the many kinds of music and culture in Latin America.


Music of Colombia

Stream Music by Colombia’s Greatest Composers

Explore music of Colombia’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Colombia weekdays […]

QUIZ: Latin American Food or Instrument?

Can you tell the difference between Latin American foods and instruments? Take this quiz and find out.

Music of Puerto Rico

Stream Music by Puerto Rico’s Greatest Composers

Explore music of Puerto Rico’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, will share the music of Puerto […]

Why the Beats of Bomba and Plena are as Essential to Puerto Rican Culture as Beans and Rice

Arroz con gandules – a version of beans and rice using pigeon peas – is a staple of Puerto Rican cuisine. Because the dish is so affordable to prepare, it nourishes people […]

10 Instrumental Covers of “Despacito” To Make You Swoon

In January 2017, singer Luis Fonsi released “Despacito,” a reggaeton-pop song featuring rapper Daddy Yankee. “Despacito” has since become the first Spanish-language single to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 since […]

Music of Brazil

Stream Music by Brazil’s Greatest Composers

Explore music of Brazil’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet takes you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, is sharing the music of Brazil weekdays […]

Kaia Kids Around the World – The Music of Brazil

WFMT is proud to present KAIA Kids Around the World, a new web series that explores music from across the globe. As WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, KAIA String Quartet is taking WFMT fans […]

Hear Music by Chiquinha Gonzaga, the Brazilian Composer Who Was 100 Years Ahead of Her Time

When Brazilian pianist, conductor, and composer Chiquinha Gonzaga’s first husband told her to choose him or music, she replied, “Well, sir, my husband, I do not understand life without harmony.” Shortly after, […]

Music of Uruguay

Stream Music of Uruguay’s Greatest Composers

Explore music of Uruguay’s greatest composers, past and present, as KAIA String Quartet taking you on a musical journey throughout Latin America. KAIA, WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, is sharing the music of Uruguay […]

How the Complex Rhythms of Colonialism Created One of Uruguay’s Most Celebrated Musical Traditions

Though Uruguay is one of the least populous countries in South America, every year it hosts the world’s longest Carnaval. Carnaval in Uruguay would not be complete without candombe, an Afro-Uruguayan performance […]

KAIA Kids Around the World: The Music of Uruguay

WFMT is proud to present KAIA Kids Around the World, a new web series that explores music from across the globe. As WFMT’s first ensemble in residence, KAIA String Quartet is taking […]

Music of Venezuela

Stream Music of Venezuela’s Greatest Composers

Explore Venezuela's musical traditions with KAIA String Quartet and hear music by Gabriela Montero, Juan Bautista Plaza, and more.

Pianist Gabriela Montero Explains How Music Underscores Protests and Propaganda in Venezuela

When pianist, composer, and improviser Gabriela Montero left her native Venezuela at the age of eight, she was motivated by the piano, not politics. Her family moved to the United States “for […]

KAIA Kids Around the World: The Music of Venezuela

The cultural traditions of Venezuela are as rich as its biodiversity. In the KAIA Kids adventure to Venezuela, learn about a special style of Venezuelan music and dance called joropo.

Music of Mexico

Stream Music of Mexico’s Greatest Composers

Explore Mexico's musical traditions with KAIA String Quartet, and hear works by Carlos Chavez, Silvestre Revueltas, Arturo Márquez, and more.

This Waltz Once Attributed to Strauss Is Actually by Indigenous Mexican Composer Juventino Rosas

The waltz is typically associated with composers from German speaking countries. The word waltz is, after all, German. Viennese composers like Beethoven and Schubert composed waltzes. Viennese composer Johann Strauss II was […]

How Lydia Mendoza, the First Queen of Tejano Music, Crossed Borders and Shaped a Tradition

Decades before fans called Selena Quintanilla-Pérez the Queen of Tejano music, singer and 12-string guitarist Lydia Mendoza held the crown as Tejano music’s first female icon. Born in 1916 to parents who […]

KAIA Kids Around the World: The Music of Mexico

Mexico is home to many people and musical traditions. In the KAIA Kids adventure to Mexico, the quartet explores the history of mariachi and teaches you one of most popular mariachi tunes today, “México lindo y querido.”

From Polka to Mariachi, Discover Why Pilsen is One of Chicago’s Most Diverse Musical Melting Pots

If there’s any neighborhood in Chicago where a Czech swing orchestra and an Afro-Latin funk band can share a stage, it’s Pilsen. The neighborhood has been home to diverse music and musicians since its early history and today it remains a musical melting pot of traditions from around the world.

WFMT’s In Residence program is made possible by the generous support of the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.