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Cosaan Seereer : Exclusive interview with Alhaji Momodou Marr and Fara Lam Saar 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 its 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 interview they conducted with Alhaji Momodou Marr and Fara Lam Saar in Kahone, Saluum, Senegal.  The Kingdom of Saluum was one of the Seereer precolonial kingdoms and Kahone was its capital.  

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 19th March 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall

Interviewers : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewees : Alhaji Momodou Marr and Fara Lam Saar

Other panel members : Njaga Gaye and Momodou Secka

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

Subjects covered : History of Kahone (Kawoon); History of Saluum; Maad a Saluum Mbeegaan Nduur; Laman; The mythical tree of Ngoye Njuuli; The Gelwaar Maternal Dynasty; Maissa Wally Manneh (a.k.a. Maissa Wali Jon); Family of Mbeegaan Nduur; Kings of Saluum (citing the work of El Hadj Demba Lamine Diouf).

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 16th December 2015

Location : The compound of Alhaji Momodou Marr in Kahone, Saluum, Senegal.

Medium : Audio recording

Additional information : This audio was recorded for the 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. 

Note : There is a lot of controversy about this audio interview. Some of the views expressed here have not been backed up by scholarly papers or are contrary to the Seereer tradition. You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment 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

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