The Sound Kitchen

Zambia’s presidents, great books, and a magnificent Dutch singer too!

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18 min

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about Zambia’s presidents. There’s the listener mailbag, some great music, and of course, the new quiz question. So click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!


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.

Fabulous news! We have a shortwave frequency again! It’s 13725 kHz on the 22m band, and you can hear us between 6.00 and 7.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sweden, 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.

Club News: We have five new official RFI English Listeners Clubs! Welcome to
the Radio France International Online Visitors Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan, Amir Jameel, president; the RFI Web Visitors Club in Mailsi, Pakistan, Abid Hussain Sajid, president; the Golden DX Club in Murshidibad, India, Siddhartha Sarkar, president; the RFI Listeners Club in Jamshedpur, India, S B Sharma, president, and the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh, Shahanaj Parvin Sathi, president.

To find out how you can create an RFI Club or transform your existing listening club into an RFI Club, go to the link at the bottom of this page.

On the program this week, I read a passage from the novel “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton. She won the Man Booker prize in 2013. Here is what I read:

“There is no truth except truth in relation, and heavenly relation is composed of wheels in motion, tilting axes, turning dials; it is a clockwise orchestration that alters every minute, never repeating, never still. We are no longer sheltered in a cloistered reminiscence of the past. We now look outward, through the phantasm of our own convictions: we see the world as we wish to perfect it, and we imagine dwelling there.”

Beautiful writing, don’t you think? I like the idea of seeing “the world as we wish to perfect it”, and of imagining “dwelling there.” I also like the idea of working to make “the world as we wish to perfect it”, each of us in our way.

This week’s quiz: On 24 October, Zambia was celebrating its Independence Day. I asked you to tell me the name of the first president of Zambia, and the name of the country’s current president.

The answer is: Zambia’s inaugural president was Kenneth Kaunda. He served the country from independence in 1964 until 1991 – and he is still here with us on this good green earth, at the venerable age of 91.

Zambia’s current president is Edgar Chagwa Lungu. He became president in January of this year.

The winners this week are: Temesgen Mulleta Insenae, from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Temesgen Mulleta Insenae sent a note in with his quiz answer: “His Excellency Dr. Kaunda is a very kind person; his kindness could be cited when he visited my country in the 1960’s. At that time, he came to visit the only governmental school for the blind, and he donated a Braille printing machine to the school that had served us for many years. As a blind person, I would like to thank the former President on behalf of Ethiopian beneficiaries and myself.”

There are three winners from Zambia this week: Mubanga Chipalo and Mark Chona Junior, both from Lusaka, and Wilbroad Mukesa, from Kitwe.

And a hearty welcome to winner and new listener Farwa Ubaid! Farwa Ubaid is from Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, and is a member of the World Wide DX Club.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 4 January to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 9 Januarry 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.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


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