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RFI’s very own songbird

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about RFI’s very own singer/songwriter, Chrystelle Nammour. There’s “On This Day”, listener news, great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you’ve grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and listen every week.

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RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni ( and Chrystelle Nammour ( from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me ( when you write them so that I know what is going on, too. N.B. You do not need to send them your quiz answers! Email overload!

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This week’s quiz: On 8  June, singer/songwriter Chrystelle Nammour was co-chef in The Sound Kitchen. Many of you know Chrystelle from our Listener Relations department. She just came back to RFI after a year off to tour with a musical adaptation of the life of Jesus of Nazareth – in which she played Mary Magdalene - and to record two singles of music she wrote.

Chrystelle talked a bit about her life on that show … she told us how and when she started singing and writing songs. That was one question: you were to write in with her age when she wrote her very first song.

You were also to tell me the names of her two new singles, the songs she most recently recorded.

The answers are: Chrystelle Nammour was 15 years old when she wrote her first song. The names of her two most recent singles – the songs she published while she was away from RFI - are “On reprend là” (“We’ll go on from here”) and “Un par un” (“One by one”).

The winners this week are: Two RFI Listeners Club members from India! There’s T Elampooranan from Chennai and Subha Biswas from Murshidabad. Also from Murshidabad, there’s Umme Kulsom Khatun – a member of the Students Oriental Radio Club – and Sharif Deen from Rajasthan. Last but not least, Dia Zanib from the Sungat Radio Listeners Club in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, composed by  Dennis McCarthy; “Cuando Uno Crece” written by Roberto Fonseca and performed by Fonseca on the piano with the Fonseca Ensemble; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the “Can Can” from Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Orpheus in the Underworld.  

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 9 September to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 14 September 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.

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

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