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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Boxing Day. There’s the listener mailbag, music from the 2008 RFI Discovery Prize laureate Mikea, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above and join in!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 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.

I have a favor to ask of all of you. Next week (13 February) is World Radio Day - and it falls on a Saturday -  which means a Sound Kitchen day. I would really appreciate it if you call our newsroom answering machine and leave us a message about what radio means to you. Just give your name and your country, and a few words about radio. I’ll put it on the Sound Kitchen as a particularly delicious appetizer, and I’ll send it to Unesco headquarters for their celebrations. Wouldn’t you like for your thoughts on radio to be heard on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s web radio? I guess so! Give us a call at + 33 1 84 22 96 00. Radio lovers, don’t let me down!

Great news my friends! There are three brand new official RFI clubs to welcome! There’s the RFI Fans Web Visitors Club in Khanpur, Pakistan, headed up by Amir Manzoor. Welcome! There’s the Cubans on the Radio Club in Holguin, Cuba, with Rommel Tamayo Gutiérrez as its president – Bienvenidos! And there’s the RFI Surfer’s Society Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Ms Royeka Khatun at the helm – welcome! Welcome, welcome, welcome!

We have a new feature! It’s a literary magazine produced once a month by Laura Angela Bagnetto, called “Africa: Stories in the 54”. Look for it here on our website, and also on The Sound Kitchen Facebook page.

Fabulous news! We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 9675 kHz on the 31m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, 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.

You can also look for our programs on WRMI ( and WRN ( In Paris, you can hear us on World Radio Paris ( on DAB+. These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts (and thank you thank you thank you WRMI, WRN, and World Radio Paris!), but unless you tell us how you heard us, we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

This week’s quiz: On 26 December, I asked you a question about “Boxing Day”, which many of the British Commonwealth nations were celebrating that day. You were to tell me what “Boxing Day” is and what you are supposed to do on 26 December to participate.

The answer is: Box up gifts for your servants, of course! Supposedly – because from what I understand no one really knows where this tradition came from – but in 17th century Britain, a Christmas box containing food, money or presents was given to servants and tradesmen on the day after Christmas (because the servants, at least, worked on Christmas Day, but were generally given the 26th off as a holiday). And there you have it. Times have changed … Boxing Day is observed now as a “bank holiday” – a public holiday.

The winners this week are: RFI Listeners Club members Mr SJ Agboola from Ekiti, Nigeria, Alex Malcolm Akugizibwe from Kampala, Uganda, and Radhakrishna Pillai N from Kollam, India. From Dhaka, Bangladesh, Rayna Afrin Tandra, and from Keffi, Nigeria, Sanusi Isah Dankaba.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 7 March to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 12 March 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.



To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse or Mp3 player, 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:




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