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Maya Angelou, RFI Club news, and a slice of Cuban history

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the yacht used by the Cuban revolutionaries. There’s a special voice with a special message, some news for the RFI Clubs, great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo, and enjoy!


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.

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Great news for the RFI Clubs: Chrystelle Nammour and Sébastien Bonijol in our Listener Relations department are organizing another round of football tournaments for all the official RFI Clubs. The first RFI Club Tournaments were in 2014 to celebrate the FIFA World Cup Football Championship and were so successful they’ve decided to do it again – this time, to coincide with the European Championship games this summer. 

The RFI Club Tournaments need to be played during the Euro 2016 games, from 10 June through 10 July. You can organize your matches any way you want – you can hold games between RFI Clubs in the same country, or games between members of the same club. Your RFI Club may choose to organize games for teams in your community, or games between your RFI Club and other organizations. In any case, RFI will furnish the team shirts, the footballs, and the trophies, and we’ll send RFI banners for you to use at the matches. I’ll announce match results – and you send us photos and videos for our Facebook pages. So don’t hesitate! Write Chrystelle, Sebastian and The Sound Kitchen today and let us know you want to be a part of the RFI Clubs / European Championship 2016 football tournaments.

This week’s quiz: On 26 March, I asked you a question about Cuban history, for that was the week US president Barack Obama met with Cuban president Raul Castro. After more than a half-century of halted diplomatic relations, economic embargos and general all around hostility and bitterness, the US and Cuba are working on normalizing relations between their two countries.

The question was about the Cuban revolution. After a failed attack on an army facility in 1953, the revolutionary organization (called the “26 of July” movement, for the date of the attack) fled Cuba for Mexico. There they re-organized, and set sail in 1956 from Mexico on a very small pleasure yacht which was built to hold 12 people. There were 82 (!) men on-board, including Fidel and Raul Castro, Che Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos. In 1959 the “26 of July” revolutionaries succeeded in overthrowing the Fulgencia Batista dictatorship.

My question to you was: what was the name of that yacht? You were to send in the name of the small boat, meant to hold 12 people, that carried the 82 “26 of July” Cuban revolutionaries from Mexico to Cuba in 1956.

The answer is: the Granma. Granma is, in English, an affectionate term for a grandmother.

The winners are: A member of the RFI Club Cuba, naturalmente! Felicidades to Leonel Gomez Aballe from Holguin, Cuba. Also on the winner’s list this week: RFI Club member S J Agboola from Ado Ekiti, Nigeria; Mohammad Akhsan – also an RFI Club member – from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Mrs Fulmala Bain from Chhattisgarh, India, and Mawunyo Koblavi from Accra, Ghana.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question - you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 27 June to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 2 July 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, 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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