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Sawa shoes, All Together for Dignity, historic temples, and Marconi too!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, RFI English reporter Daniel Finnan joins Susan in the kitchen. You’ll hear the answer to the quiz about Sawa shoes, find out what happened on this day in history, hear a few letters from listeners, and of course, there’s the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and come cook with us!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at 6:15, 6:45, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

Fabulous news! We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 13725 kHz on the 22m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

This week’s quiz: On 12 September, I asked you a question you could only answer if you listened to that week’s excellent Spotlight on Africa feature, which was written and produced by Daniel Finnan. That week, Daniel profiled Sawa shoes, a brand of sneakers made in Africa, which the Paris department store BHV had just added to their shoe department. SAWA shoes are manufactured in Ethiopia using locally sourced materials, but they started manufacturing in another African country. And that was my question … which African country? In which African country were SAWA shoes originally made, before they moved the factory to its present home, in Ethiopia?

The answer is: Cameroon.

The winners this week are: RFI Listeners Club member Anis Kaouane from Skikda, Algeria (Sawa’s founder Mehdi Slimani is from Algeria, too); Emmanuel Bintaayi Jeil from Kumasi, Ghana; A K M Nuruzzaman, the president of the RFI Amour Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh; Muhammed Saleem Akhtar Chadhar from Chiniot district in Pakistan, and RFI Club member Mrs. E. Vijayalakshmi from Chennai, India.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 15 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 21 November program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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

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