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Tandra, Saleem, and green-haired turtles

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about India’s solar power plant. There’s information about a green- haired turtle, listener news, 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.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 11830 kHz on the 25m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, 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.

You can also hear our programs on WRMI and WRN. These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, but unless you tell us how you heard us we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

If you have an internet radio and would like to add RFI English to your pre-set buttons, send an e-mail to english.service@rfi.fr and we will get the link to you.

We want you to call us! We have a phone number you can call to leave us a message, so we can hear your voice! Just call, give your name, your country, and a short message - something like “I love RFI”, because of course you do – and we can put you on-the-air! The number to call is: + 33 1 84 22 95 82.

Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members. Three are from Ghana: Paul Kwasi Tetteh and Timothy Ofori, both from Kumasi, and Amadu Nuhu from Accra. From The Gambia, there’s Lang Sambou from Banjul, and Yourba Nyancho – orginally from Senegal, but now living in Serekunda.  From Freetown, Sierra Leone, there’s Philip Phomber; from Nandyal, India, there’s M S Sreenivasa Raju, and from Seattle, Washington in the U-S, Bruce Miller.

So glad you have joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at english.service@rfi.fr and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy.

Wonderful news from my friend and brother Saleem Akhtar Chadhar from Chiniot district, Pakistan. Saleem is the president of the RFI Seven Stars Listener Club, and the recent winner of the RFI Club photography competition. He is busy -  not only is Saleem a full-time school teacher, he has been studying lately in university too. He just defended his master’s thesis and was granted his Master’s degree in philosophy. Isn’t that grand! Congratulations Saleem!

RFI Clubs: Be sure to always include Audrey Iattoni (audrey.iattoni@rfi.fr) from our Listener Relations department on all your RFI Club correspondence. Remember to copy me (thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr) when you write her so that I stay in the loop too.

We’ve made a Facebook page just for you, the RFI English Clubs. It is a closed group, so when you apply to join, be sure you include the name of your RFI Club and your membership number. Everyone can look at it, but only members of the group can post on it. If you haven’t yet asked to join the group, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/583819955292977/ and fill out the questionnaire !!!!! (if you do not answer the questions, I click “decline”).

Are you interested in forming an official RFI Club, or transforming your existing club into an official RFI Club?  Here’s how: http://en.rfi.fr/culture/20141218-how-form-official-rfi-listeners-club

This week’s quiz: On 17 March, I asked you a question about a solar power plant in India’s largest state, which was jointly inaugurated by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French president Emmanuel Macron during Macron’s state visit in March.  You were to write in with the name of the state and the district with the new solar power plant.

The answer is: The Mirzapur district in Uttar Pradesh state.

The winners are: RFI Club members Vakindu Philliam from Kampala, Uganda and Timothy Ofori from Kumasi, Ghana. From West Bengal, India, there’s Umme Kulsom Khatoon – she’s a member of the Students Oriental Radio Club – and from Chingola, Zambia, Clement Robby Mumba. Last but not least, Salahuddin Dolar, the president of the Global Fan Club in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Chabrier: “Espana”, performed by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and “Salsa y sabor” by Tito Puente, performed by Tito Puente and his orchestra.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to thesoundkitchen@rfi.fr

This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 18 June to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 23 June 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



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.

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