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Restitution of artifacts to a former French colony – and your good intentions for 2019!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the winners of the New Year Resolutions contest. There’s the answer to the question about the return of artifacts to a former French colony, great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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There’s a new musical segment on The Sound Kitchen – your favorite songs. We started with female singers, and now we’re moving on to male singers. What I want you to do is send in your favorite song by a male singer, and tell why that song and that singer are important to you. Every week I’ll play one of your suggestions, and then we’ll change to band, instrumental, film, your children’s favorites … but for January and February, we’ll focus on men, so to your pens! Write to me at, and be sure you include your city and country in your note – along with a link and a short translation, if you can. I think it is quite nice to share your favorite music as well as your thoughts about it – thanks to Daniel Singleton, the RFI English Head of Service, for the idea!

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members:Bazlur Rahman, the Chief Executive Officer for the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Monzurul Alam Ripon, a member of the Uttaran Listeners Club in Dhaka, and Adam Grzenia from Pszow, Poland.

So glad you have joined us!

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On this week’s podcast, we had a “game of chance”. I asked you to send in your New Year resolution(s); I put them all in a box and pulled out five. The winning resolution writers were: RFI Listeners Club members Jayanta Chakrabarty from New Delhi in India; Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada and Riaz Hussain from District Chiniot in Pakistan. Finally, two listeners from Rangpur, Bangladesh: Waheed Nobi and Shahanaj Parvin.

Congratulations! Good luck keeping your resolutions! Keep us up-to date on how you are doing – and thanks to everyone who participated. Maybe next year it will be you!

This week’s quiz: On 1December, I asked you a French cultural question: that week, French president Emmanuel Macron announced that France would return artifacts to a country, artifacts which were plundered by the French colonial forces in 1892.

My question to you was: How many artifacts will be returned, by which French museum, and to which country?

The answer is: For the country: Benin. It’s the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum which will return the artifacts, and there are 26 of them. 

Mr. Macron did not say that all artworks and artifacts taken from colonized countries would be returned. He did tell our Culture and Foreign ministers to help fulfill an objective he set a year ago: to ensure that the cultural treasures of sub-Saharan Africa be accessible in Africa through restitutions, but also exhibitions, exchanges and loans. He also called for an international conference in early 2019 on the return of African artifacts. So we’ll see what will go traveling, and what will go home.

The winners are: Tasneem Saleh from Nilphamari, Bangladesh and Muhammad Shamim S from Keralam State in India, who is the president of the RFI Golden Eagles Club. There are three RFI Listeners Club members on the winner’s list this week: Jörg-Clemens Hoffmann from Alsbach-Hähnlein, Germany; Heimer Sia from Manila in the Philippines, and Rachid Dahmani from M'sila, Algeria.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “It’s Gonna Be Great!” written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and sung by Jim Cummings and Bud Luckey; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Al Monte”, written by Philbert Armenteros, Leslie Cartaya, Raymer Olalde and Steve Roitstein and performed by Palo! (the lead singers in the group are Leslie Cartaya and Philbert Armenteros).  

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 4 February to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 9 February podcast. 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.

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Susan Owensby

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