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Happy Nyerere Day, Tanzania!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about French president Emmanuel Macron’s island destination in September. There’s “On This Day”, good wishes for Tanzania on Nyerere Day, some 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.

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, Portugal, 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.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members: Alex Latim and Joseph Jack, both from Kampala, Uganda; Igwe Jacob from Umuahia, Nigeria; Ramses Akosah from Kumasi, Ghana; Ghogomu Tanting  from Bamenda, Cameroon, and  Abiola Ajayi from Windhoek, Namibia. There are two new members from Germany: Dieter Sommer from Eisleben and Jörg-Clemens Hoffmann from  Alsbach-Hähnlein. So glad you’ve joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy.

RFI Clubs, take note: As most of you know, Chrystelle in the Listener Relations department has gone off to pursue new adventures, but before she left she urged Sebastien and I to challenge you to a Club Contest. We decided on a humorous photography competition. This is what you have to do: take a photo of your entire club membership with the RFI banner, doing something in the kitchen, or something to do with cooking … and … make us laugh! So put on your silly thinking caps, get out your pots and pans or whatever you choose, and get all your club members in the photo with the RFI banner … and take a funny picture! You'll recieve an official notice soon with all the details, but you can start thinking about it now.

It’s time to cast your vote for the 2017 RFI PrixDécouvertes (“Discovery Prize”), our annual prize given to a young musician. When you click on the link above,  you’ll see photos of the 10 finalists. Click on their photos to hear their music, and then once you have chosen, click on “Je choisis” (“I choose”). You have until 29 October to cast your vote.

This week’s quiz: On 16September, I asked you to send in the name of the island French president Emmanuel Macron flew to that week.

The answer is: Saint-Martin. As RFI reported on 11September, French President Emmanuel Macron flew to the island that evening, to offer support to the residents after Hurricane Irma hit the French West Indian territory.

Macron was accompanied by Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Health Minister Agnès Buzyn. 

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club member Deekay Dimple from Assam, India; Heimer Sia from Manila, The Philippines; Dr Beya Pascal Kabambayi from Kikuyu, Kenya; Julius Caroli Emmanuel Opel from Soroti, Uganda, and Mariama Bah from Serrekunda, The Gambia -  who sent her answer via text to the Sound Kitchen mobile phone. You can do that, too: just dial + 33 6 31 12 96 82 and start typing!

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Albeniz: “Asturias”, performed by John Williams; Nguza Viking "Big Sound" Zembwela: “Ni Wewe Pekee”; Rimsky-Korsakov: The “Flight of the Bumblebee”; Saida Karoli:  “Mapenzi Kizunguzungu” 

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 6 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 11 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.

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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