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The 2018 Grammy World Music award winner

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the US music awards, the Grammys. You’ll hear about St Patrick’s Day, 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.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Jaycinta Cheptoo from Nairobi, Kenya and Lesimole Cleera Moremi from Sefikeng, Lesotho. 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.

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This week’s quiz: On 3 February, I asked you a question about the Grammys (the American musical awards). You were to send in the name of the winner in the Best World Music Album category.

The answer is: The South African all-male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, for their album called “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration”.

The winners are: Hyrum Karyea-Mennoh, the president of the Ducor Sea Breeze RFI Club in Monrovia, Liberia; Tahtiha Saleh from Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Joseph Jack from Jinja, Uganda; Shivendu Paul, the president of the RFI Metali Listeners Club in Murshidibad, India and RFI Listeners Club member Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada.

By the way - kind Jean-Maurice Devault always sends his answer in on a picture postcard (and then sometimes he just sends in a lot of them, with stamps, too – Hans Verner Lollike from Denmark also does that. Thanks Jean-Maurice and Hans!). The postcards and stamps sent to us by you end up in the hands of school children around the world, from Peru to Iraq; if you want to send postcards and stamps for teachers, please do! And teachers, just write me at, and let me know you would like a package for your students and I’ll get them in the mail to you immediately.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Lunasa: “Encore”; Ladysmith Black Mambazo: “Akehlulek Ubaba”; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; Bono: “Pride (in the Name of Love)” played by U2.

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 16 April to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 21 April program. 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 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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