There’s Music in the Kitchen: el Son Cubano

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Europe There’s Music in the Kitchen: el Son Cubano
OCT 16, 2021 LISTEN

This week on The Sound Kitchen, Erwan Rome takes you to Cuba for a musical journey of “Son Cubano”, Cuba's most recognisable musical style. Enjoy!

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday – here on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. You'll hear the winner's names announced and the week's quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you've grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week.

I am busy cooking up special shows with your musical requests, so get them in! Send your musical requests to [email protected]  Tell us why you like the piece of music, too – it makes it more interesting for us all!

Be sure you check out our wonderful podcasts!

In addition to the breaking news articles on our site,, with in-depth analysis of current affairs in France and across the globe, we have several podcasts which will leave you hungry for more.

There's Paris PerspectiveAfrica Calling, Spotlight on France, and of course, The Sound Kitchen. We have a bilingual series - an old-time radio show, with actors (!) to help you learn French, called Les voisins du 12 bis. And there is the excellent International Report, too.

As you see, sound is still part of the RFI English service!  Keep checking our website for updates on the latest from our excellent staff of journalists.

To listen to our podcasts from your PC, go to our website and click on the three horizontal bars on the top right, choose "Listen to RFI / Podcasts", and you've got 'em! You can either listen directly or subscribe and receive them directly on your mobile phone.

To listen to our podcasts from your mobile phone, slide through the tabs just under the lead article (the first tab is “Headline News”) until you see “Podcasts”, and choose your show. 

Teachers, take note! I save postcards and stamps from all over the world to send to you for your students. If you would like stamps and postcards for your students, just write and let me know. The address is [email protected]   If you would like to donate stamps and postcards, feel free! Our address is listed below. 

Another idea for your students: my beloved music teacher from St Edward's University in Austin, Texas, Br Gerald Muller, has been writing books for young adults in his retirement – and they are free! There is a volume of biographies of painters and musicians called Gentle Giants, and an excellent biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are also a good way to help you improve your English - that's how I worked on my French, reading books which were meant for young readers – and I guarantee you, it's a good method for improving your language skills. To get Br. Gerald's free books, click here.

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ([email protected]) from our Listener Relations department in all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ([email protected]) when you write to her so that I know what is going on, too. N.B.: You do not need to send her your quiz answers! Email overload!

And don't forget, there is a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. Only members of RFI English Clubs can belong to this group page, so when you apply to join, be sure you include the name of your RFI Club and your membership number. Everyone can look at it, but only members of the group can post on it. If you haven't yet asked to join the group, and you are a member of an independent, officially recognised RFI English Club, go to the Facebook link above and fill out the questionnaire!!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”).

There's a Facebook page for members of the general RFI Listeners Club, too. Just click on the link and fill out the questionnaire, and you can connect with your fellow Club members around the world. Be sure you include your RFI Listeners Club membership number (most of them begin with an A, followed by a number) in the questionnaire, or I will have to click “Decline”, which I don't like to do!

This week's quiz: The Sound Kitchen is taking a short break. The quiz will be back on 30 October.  

Here's the music you heard on this week's programme: “Nengón” by Cambrón Jr. performed by Cambrón Jr. y su Changüi; the traditional tune "Kiriba" played by Baracoa Güirito; "Changüí Changüisero" by José Rodriguez, performed by the Grupo Changüí de Guantánamo; “Sucu Suca para Ti” by Mongo Rives, played by La Tumbita Criolla de Mongo Rives; “Son de la Loma” by Miguel Matamoros, performed by the Trío Matamoros; "Tumba Palo Cucuyé" by Arsenio Rodriguez, played by Arsenio Rodriguez y su Conjunto; "Echale Salsita" by Ignacio Piñeiro, performed by the Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro; “Son para un Sonero” by Adalberto Alvarez, performed by Conjunto Son 14; “Lo que me paso en la Guagua” by Adalberto Álvarez, played by Adalberto Álvarez y su Son, and “El swing del son” by Pancho Amat, performed by Pancho Amat y Su Cabildo del Son.  

Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected]

To find out how you can win a special Sound Kitchen prize, click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club, click here

ModernGhana Links

Join our Newsletter