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Cosaan Seereer : Part 2 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Saltigi Biram Puuy (December 2015) by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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In December 2015, the Seereer Resource Centre in collaboration with our radio station (Seereer Radio) sent it's research team to several parts of Seereer country to interview some notable and knowledgeable Seereer elders, historians / scholars on matters relating to Seereer religion, history and culture, so that we can document and preserve this before it is too late. This team was headed by Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene.  

This is the second part of the interview they conducted with Saltigi Biram Puuy at his house in Joobaas, Senegal. This audio is in two parts. 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Tuesday, 5th January 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Saltigi Biram Puuy

Other panel members : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw; Momodou Secka and Njaga Gaye

Source language(s) : Saafi-Saafi, Wolof, Seereer-Siin, French and English

Subjects covered : Seereer religion, Seereer history, Seereer traditional medicine and plants in Seereer medicine; Seereer cosmology; Seereer calendar; Seereer astronomy; Seereer cosmogony; wisdom of animals; values of saltigi (or saltigue); the devil; death in Seereer society; protection against evil; Seereer symbolism, signs / writing; initiation and rites of passage (ndut); canonization and sainthood.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 15th December 2015

Location : Joobaas, Senegal

Medium : Audio recording

Additional information : This audio was recorded for the SRC Collection, with permission to broadcast granted to Seereer Radio  | The Voice of the Seereer Community (our 24 hour stream radio station). The research team was headed by Tamsier Joof (founder of the SRC and Seereer Radio) and Demba Sene.

Information about Saltigi Biram Puuy : Saltigi Biram Puuy is one the last remnants of the old traditional Seereer priestly class. Saltigi (or Saltigue) is a Seereer religious title denoting a high priest or priestess. He was initiated into the secret order of the Seereer priestly class and adhere to the tenets of Seereer religion, both of which are fundamental for one to be deemed a "true saligi". Saltigi Puuy comes from a long line of Seereer priests. He is well versed in Seereer religious doctrines, history, traditional medicine, secrets of ndut classical teachings which includes the cosmos and the paranomal. Saltigi Puuy rarely give interviews, preferring to focus more of his time on Seereer history and culture than the usual role associated with the Seereer priestly class (saltigi). 

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment here. Keep it clean and relevant.

Download transcript « Télécharger la transcription » :

Visit the Seereer Resource Centre download page to download a transcript of this audio in English, French, Seereer a Sinig, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon and Laalaa.

Websites :

The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - www.seereer.org 


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Cosaan Seereer : Part 1 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Saltigi Biram Puuy (December 2015) by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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SaltigiBiramPuuy-copyright-of-Theseereer

In December 2015, the Seereer Resource Centre in collaboration with our radio station (Seereer Radio) sent it's research team to several parts of Seereer country to interview some notable and knowledgeable Seereer elders, historians / scholars on matters relating to Seereer religion, history and culture, so that we can document and preserve this before it is too late. This team was headed by Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene.  

This is the first part of the interview they conducted with Saltigi Biram Puuy at his house in Joobaas, Senegal. This audio is in two parts. 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Tuesday, 5th January 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Saltigi Biram Puuy

Other panel members : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw; Momodou Secka and Njaga Gaye

Source language(s) : Saafi-Saafi, Wolof, Seereer-Siin, French and English

Subjects covered : Seereer religion, Seereer history, Seereer traditional medicine and plants in Seereer medicine; Seereer cosmology; Seereer calendar; Seereer astronomy; Seereer cosmogony; wisdom of animals; values of saltigi (or saltigue); the devil; death in Seereer society; protection against evil; Seereer symbolism, signs / writing; initiation and rites of passage (ndut); canonization and sainthood.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 15th December 2015

Location : Joobaas, Senegal

Medium : Audio recording

Additional information : This audio was recorded for the SRC Collection, with permission to broadcast granted to Seereer Radio  | The Voice of the Seereer Community (our 24 hour stream radio station). The research team was headed by Tamsier Joof (founder of the SRC and Seereer Radio) and Demba Sene.

Information about Saltigi Biram Puuy : Saltigi Biram Puuy is one the last remnants of the old traditional Seereer priestly class. Saltigi (or Saltigue) is a Seereer religious title denoting a high priest or priestess. He was initiated into the secret order of the Seereer priestly class and adhere to the tenets of Seereer religion, both of which are fundamental for one to be deemed a "true saligi". Saltigi Puuy comes from a long line of Seereer priests. He is well versed in Seereer religious doctrines, history, traditional medicine, secrets of ndut classical teachings which includes the cosmos and the paranomal. Saltigi Puuy rarely give interviews, preferring to focus more of his time on Seereer history and culture than the usual role associated with the Seereer priestly class (saltigi). 

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment here. Keep it clean and relevant.

Download transcript « Télécharger la transcription » :

Visit the Seereer Resource Centre download page to download a transcript of this audio in English, French, Seereer a Sinig, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon and Laalaa.

Websites :

The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - www.seereer.org 


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia) : History of Banjul with Doctor Lamin Mbye

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This audio is in three parts:

Part 1. The late Gambian historian Doctor Lamin Mbye narrates the history of Banjul. Doctor Mbye touches on the meaning of the name Banjul; the families from Goreé and Sierra Leone brought into The Gambia by the colonial authorities to build Banjul (many of whom were from the Aku ethnic group) after they purchased land from the King of Kombo. In this audio, Doctor Mbye supports his narrations by citing written sources (primary and secondary sources) as well as the oral tradition. Some of the notable people mentioned in this audio include Reverend J.C Faye and the 19th-century Gambian merchant Pompey Gaye.

Part 2. Interview of ’El Hadji Mansour Gui of Senegal (Islamic based interview)

Part 3. Summary of the programs by Elhadj Abdoulaye Nar Samba and Moustapha Yade

Area of history : Oral and written history of Senegambia : "Banjul" (The Gambia)

Narrated by : Doctor Lamin Mbye (of The Gambia)

Program : Cosaani Senegambia [History of Senegambia]

Radio station : Radio Gambia (at the time)

Year (or approximate year of recording) between 1973 and early 1975.

Collection : The SRC Collection

Additional information : From the archives of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's collaborative program: "Cosaani Senegambia". Courtesy of Onegambia.com. The late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof (also known as Cham Joof) was the Director of Program. The presenters were Alhaji Mansour Njie of Radio Gambia and Ibrahima Mbenga of Radio Senegal. The historian being interviewed is the late Doctor Lamin Mbye of the Gambia. Recorded at Radio Gambia Studios, Bakau, the Gambia. This audio is in Wolof. This audio is part of the Seereer Resource Centre's Collection : The SRC Collection.

Medium : Audio recording

Information about Doctor Lamin Mbye (also known as Professor Lamin Mbye) : Doctor Lamin Mbye was a Professor of History and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland  at Eastern Shore (UMES). His area of interest was African history. He worked for institution from 1986 to 2004. 

His father descended from the Mbye family of Cayor and Walo, and his mother descended from the Jange family of Saluum – one of the Seereer precolonial kingdoms.

After graduating from high school in the late fifties, he worked for the government in colonial Gambia and later managed to secure a scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. He obtained his first degree from the University of Wales and doctoral degree from Birmingham University in England.

"Upon his return to the Gambia in 1969, the Civil Service Commission appointed him as the head of the Information Department where he supervised many of the young Gambians working as journalists in the Gambia News Bulletin and as broadcasters in the newly created Radio Gambia."

Source : Obituary of Doctor Lamin Mbye – "No. 940: Obituary: Professor Lamin Mbye" provided by Professors Sulayman S. Nyang of Howard University  – main informant, and Professor A.B. Assensoh of Indiana University-Bloomington [in] The University of Texas at Austin.

Medium : Audio recording

Subjects covered : History of Banjul, Origin of the name “Banjul”; Goreén families, Sierra Leonean families, British colonialism in The Gambia, Aku people, King of Kombo. History of fanal, History of lanteen, Gambian families, Reverend J.C Faye (member of the Seereer ethic group), Pompey Gaye. 

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment below. See the comment section below. Please keep it clean and relevant.

Download transcript « Télécharger la transcription » :

Visit the Seereer Resource Centre download page to download a transcript of this audio in English, French, Seereer a Sinig, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon and Laalaa.

Websites :

The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - www.seereer.org 


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com


Onegambia.com - onegambia.com


Radio Gambia (now GRTS) - www.grts.gm


Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Sénégal (ORTS) - www.rts.sn

Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia) with El Hadj Demba Lamine Diouf

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In this audio, El Hadji Demba Lamine Diouf of Senegal narrates the history of Senegambia. He touches on the meaning of the word Damel and Tëën (variations: teeñ, tégneteen or teign). Demba Lamine also discusses the founding of several old villages and towns in the Senegambia region including Lambaye. The Battle of Danki (1549) is also discussed in this audio along with the enthronement of Amari Ngoneh Sobel Faal (king of Cayor and Bawol) and Maad a Saluum Mbegaan Nduur (or  Mbegane Ndour)  - King of Saluum, who reigned in 1494.

Area of history : Oral history of Senegambia 

Narrated by : El Hadji Demba Lamine Diouf (from Senegal)

Program : Cosaani Senegambia [History of Senegambia]  

Radio station : Radio Gambia (at the time)

Year (or approximate year of recording) : Late 1970s to early 1980s.

Collection : The SRC Collection

Additional information : From the archives of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's collaborative program: "Cosaani Senegambia". Courtesy of Onegambia.com. The late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof (also known as Cham Joof) was the Director of Program. The presenters were Alhaji Mansour Njie and Alhaji Ousman Secka - speaking from Radio Gambia Studios, Bakau, the Gambia. The interviewer was Dodou Jego Jobe of Radio Gambia visiting Senegal in order to interview the subject (El Hadji Demba Lamine Diouf). This audio is part of the Seereer Resource Centre's Collection : The SRC Collection.

Information about the griot : Demba Lamine Diouf was a renowned Senegalese oral historian and a regular at the then Radio Senegal’s history program: "Cosaani Sénégambie". This audio was recorded in Senegal.  He was a Wolofized Seereer of the Seereer patronym Juuf. This audio is in Wolof.

Medium : Audio recording

Subjects covered : History of Senegambia, Meaning of Damel and Tëën (variations: teeñ, tégne, teen or teign).Founding some Senegambian villages and towns including Lambaye, The Battle of Danki (1549), The Enthronement of Amari Ngoneh Sobel Faal (King of Cayor and Bawol), The medieval Seereer king of Saluum  - Maad a Saluum Mbegaan Nduur (Seereer proper, or  Bour Saloum Mbegane Ndour).

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment here. See the comment section below. Please keep it clean and relevant.

Download transcript « Télécharger la transcription » :

Visit the Seereer Resource Centre download page to download a transcript of this audio in English, French, Seereer a Sinig, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon and Laalaa.

Websites : 


The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - www.seereer.org 


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com


Onegambia.com - onegambia.com


Radio Gambia (now GRTS) - www.grts.gm


Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Sénégal (ORTS) - www.rts.sn

Part 2 of 2 : Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia) : History of Saluum by Jabel Samba

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History of Saluum, genealogy of the royal family of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame. Narrated by Jebal Samba (from the Gambia). From Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's joint program : Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia).

Area of history : Oral history of Saluum, genealogy of the royal family of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame of Baddibu (the Seereer branch of the Jammeh family). This is the second part narrated by Jebal Samba. Part 1 can be found here.

Narrated by : Jebal Samba (from the Gambia)

Program : Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia)

Radio station : Radio Gambia (at the time)

Year (or approximate year of recording) : Late 1970s to early 1980s.

Collection : The SRC Collection

Additional information : From the archives of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's collaborative program "Cosaani Senegambia". Courtesy of Onegambia.com. The late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof was the Director of Program. The presenter was Alhaji Mansour Njie. Recorded at Radio Gambia Studios, Bakau, the Gambia. This audio is in  Wolof. This audio is part of the Seereer Resource Centre's Collection : The SRC Collection.

Information about the griot : Jebal Samba comes from a long line of griots. He is a paternal descendant of the renowned 19th century Senegambian griot - Sainey Mbissine Njaay Samba who was well known among the circles of early to mid 19th century Senegambian kings. He particularly gained prominence during the reign of Maad Saluum Balleh Horeja Ndaw (reigned: 1823 to 1857). Jebal Samba's grandfather (Sainey Ata Samba) was the official griot of Mama Tamba Jammeh, chief of Yilliyassa. Mama Tamba was a Seereer chief whose descendants can be found in the Gambia. This branch of the Samba family were Seereers of Kahone - the precolonial capital of the Seereer kingdom of Saluum. They are one of those we historically refer to as "Saluum-Saluum", a term denoting the "inhabitants of Saluum."

Medium : Audio recording

Subjects covered : History of Saluum, Genealogy of the royal family of Saluum, Ama Juuf Jaame (variation: Ama Juuf Jammeh or Ama Joof Jammeh) - the Seereer branch of the Jammeh family, Royal family of Siin, Njaay family of Saluum, Juuf family of Siin, History of Baddibu, Jammeh family of Baddibu. 

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment below. See the comment section below. Please keep it clean and relevant.

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Visit the Seereer Resource Centre download page to download a transcript of this audio in English, French, Seereer a Sinig, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon and Laalaa.

Websites : 


The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - www.seereer.org 


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com


Onegambia.com - onegambia.com


Radio Gambia (now GRTS) - www.grts.gm


Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Sénégal (ORTS) - www.rts.sn

Part 1 of 2 : Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia) : History of Saluum by Jabel Samba

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This audio is in two parts :

Area of history : Oral history

Part 1. Interview of Macoura Mboub (of Senegal) by Dodou Jego Jobe of Radio Gambia. This section relates to Sohna Chenaba Saar (variations of Chenaba include :  Thienaba, Thiénaba, Tienaba, Chenaba  or Cénaba); the Secka family of Senegal and the Battle of Samba Sajo 1875. The interview took place at Senegal courtesy of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's joint programme : Cosaani Senegambia (history of Senegambia).

Part 2. This is the first part of the history of Saluum (or Saloum) and Ama Juuf Jaame (variation: Ama Juuf Jammeh or Ama Joof Jammeh)  narrated by Jebal Samba. This part covers the history of the Samba (or Samb) family of the Gambia (descendants of Sainey Mbissine Njaay Samba). It also covers the history of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame as well as the genealogy of the royal family of Saluum. For part 2 of this interview, click here.

Narrators : Macoura Mboub (Part 1), Jebal Samba (Part 2)

Program : Cosaani Senegambia

Radio station : Radio Gambia (at the time)

Year (or approximate year of recording) 1970s 

Collection : The SRC Collection

Additional information : From the archives of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's collaborative program "Cosaani Senegambia". Courtesy of Onegambia.com. The late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof was the Director of Program. The presenter was the late Alhaji Mansour Njie. Recorded at Radio Gambia Studios, Bakau, the Gambia (part 2) and Senegal (part 1). This audio is in two parts. Both are in Wolof. This audio is part of the Seereer Resource Centre's Collection : The SRC Collection

Information about the griot : Jebal Samba comes from a long line of griots. He is a paternal descendant of the renowned 19th century Senegambian griot - Sainey Mbissine Njaay Samba who was well known among the circles of early to mid 19th century Senegambian kings. He particularly gained prominence during the reign of Maad Saluum Balleh Horeja Ndaw (reigned: 1823 to 1857). Jebal Samba's grandfather (Sainey Ata Samba) was the official griot of Mama Tamba Jammeh, chief of Yilliyassa. Mama Tamba was a Seereer chief whose descendants can be found in the Gambia. This branch of the Samba family were Seereers of Kahone - the precolonial capital of the Seereer kingdom of Saluum. They are one of those we historically refer to as "Saluum-Saluum", a term denoting the "inhabitants of Saluum."

Medium : Audio recording

Subjects covered : Sohna Chenaba Saar, Secka family of Senegal, Battle of Samba Sajo, History of Saluum; Ama Juuf Jaame (or Ama Joof Jammeh), History of the Samba family of the Gambia.

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment here. See the comment section below. Keep it clean and relevant.

Download transcript « Télécharger la transcription » :

Visit the Seereer Resource Centre download page to download a transcript of this audio in English, French, Seereer a Sinig, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon and Laalaa.

Websites : 

The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - www.seereer.org 


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com


Onegambia.com - onegambia.com


Radio Gambia (now GRTS) - www.grts.gm


Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Sénégal (ORTS) - www.rts.sn