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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Laura Angela Bagnetto’s report on Lake Chad. You’ll go to Macron’s victory party, get caught up on listener news, listen to some great music - and of course, there’s 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.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 11905 kHz on the 25m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, 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 hear our programs on WRMI ( and WRN ( These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, 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.

A hearty welcome to the new section of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidibad, India, Mr Najim Uddin, president. They’ve added a “sub-club” - the RFI Students and Sports Club – to their existing club.


If you would like to create an official RFI club, or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link at the end of the article for information on how to get started.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Babul Gogoi from Assam, India; Rwandan Vital Munanira, living now in Nairobi, Kenya; Lacula John Mary from Uganda; Bubacarr Baldeh from The Gambia; Chinmoy Mahato from Jamshedpur, India; Mohamed Elsayed Abd Elraheim from Elsharkya, Egypt and two new members from Naogaon, Bangladesh: Mokhlesur Rahaman Mollah and Khondaker Rafiqul Islam. .

Welcome one and all! If you would like to join the RFI Listeners Club, just send an e-mail to and I’ll get you signed up – it’s that easy!

This week’s quiz: On 8 April, I asked you a question about a report on Lake Chad from my colleague Laura Angela Bagnetto. She had just come back from the region, where she was investigating the humanitarian crisis affecting Lake Chad.

You were to listen to her report called “Displaced by Boko Haram violence, the resourceful on Lake Chad’s shores try again”. In her report, Laura Angela talked to Yakra Conne, the president of the Bya Women's Garden, a women's gardening collective. Laura Angela asked Ms Conne what her favorite crop is, and you were to write in with Ms Conne’s reponse.

The answer is: All of them! Yakra Conne said: “Everything here is my favorite, because everything we plant is edible.”

The winners are: Abu Saleh from Rangpur, Bangladesh; Muhammed Aarosh - a member of the RFI International DX Radio Listeners Club in Murshidabad, India, and three RFI Club members: Radhakrishna Pillai from Kerala State, India; Fatima Zahra Rahmani from M'sila, Algeria, and DW Nabi from Middlesex, UK.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Beethoven: Symphony No.9, fourth movement: “Ode to Joy”; Rouget de Lisle; “La Marseillaise”.

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 5 June to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 10 June 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.

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


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