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The new stars of South Africa

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the new/old species just discovered in South Africa. There’s “On This Day”, the listener mailbag, music from the French romantic composer Hector Berlioz, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and get into the kitchen!


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 19 September, Anne-Marie Bissada asked you a paleo-archeological question. 15 partial skeletons of a new human-like species had recently been discovered in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa, by a team of six women scientists who crawled underground for 20 minutes until they found the chamber. The paleo-anthropologist who led the team, Professor Lee Berger, said that he believed this new/old species could be among the first of our kind, and could have lived in Africa up to three million years ago. You were to send in the name that was given to this recently discovered human-like species.

The answer is: Homo naledi. Homo means “man”, and naledi means “star” in Sesotho, one of South Africa’s languages.

The winners this week are: Jewel Ahmed, from Sirajganj, Bangladesh; Mitul Kansal, the president of the International Radio Listeners Friendship & Fraternity Club in Haryana, India; Fatima Kaneez of the RFI Web Visitors Club in Mailsi, Pakistan; Jean Forget from Attleboro, Massachusetts in the US, and RFI Listeners Club member Muhammad Nasyr, from Katsina State, Nigeria.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 23 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 28 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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