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Six degrees of separation

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about Botswana’s demonyms. There’s reflections on our small world, 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.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members!  Isidore Kimera from Kampala, Uganda; Heimer Sia from Manila, Philippines, and Omar Darboe from Banjul, The Gambia. So glad you have 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.

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (, who is your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me ( when you write her, so that I stay in the loop too!

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 30 September, I asked you a question about demonyms -  demonyms are what the people of a country (or a city) call themselves. You were to write in with the two denonyms used by the citizens of Botswana.

The answer is: Batswana, plural, and Motswana, singular.

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club member and Sound Kitchen “This I Believe” essayist Samuel Francis from St. Catherine, Jamaica; two members of official RFI Listener Clubs: Mrs P Ganga Bhavani from the RFI Listeners Club in Hyderabad, India and Jakiya Parvin from the Karatoa RFI Radio Listeners Club in Sirajgonj, Bangladesh. Finally, there’s Ma Xianjing from Maanshan City in the People’s Republic of China, and Abdullah Keita from Monrovia, Liberia.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Handel: Harp Concerto HWV 294, performed by harpist Ursula Holliger and the English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, conductor; Rimsky-Korsakov: The “Flight of the Bumblebee”; Ibeyi: “Away, Away”.

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 20 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 25 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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