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Sulayman Ndong of Star FM 96.6 (Gambia) interviews Tamsier Joof of Seereer Radio and The Seereer Resource Centre (8 July 2018)

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Sulayman Ndong of Star FM 96.6 (Gambia) interviews Tamsier Joof of Seereer Radio and The Seereer Resource Centre on his Seereer programme (8 July 2018). The interview centres around the life and work of Tamsier Joof, especdially his work with the Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio. 

Date of interview  : Sunday, 8 July 2018

Presenter : Sulayman Ndong

Guest :  Tamsier Joof

Source language(s) : Seereer, Wolof and English

Subjects covered : Life and work of Tamsier Joof. 

Radio programme : Chossan Seereer 

Radio station : Star FM 96.6 (Gambia)

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) and Star FM 96.6 (Gambia)

Collection : The SRC Collection

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), Star FM 96.6 (Gambia) and Sulayman Ndong (presenter).  Apologies for the background noise.

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

Websites :

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

Star FM 96.6 (Gambia) - Facebook

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

O nguim in win ball : A ƭat Roog (Seereer religion) - Presented by Doudou Diouf (Thursday, 18th January 2018)

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O nguim in win ball - which in Seereer translates to "Black people's believe in God" or "African religion" for short (or Traditional African religions), and formerly known as the Seereer Religion and Culture Show (O ngim fo cosaan Seereer) broadcast live every Thursday night from 22:00 GMT. The show is presented by Doudou Diouf.

On this show, Doudou is joined by Tamsier Joof and Mamadou Fall to discuss Seereer religious prayers; how, when and to whom the Seereer address their prayer to; the Seereer pangool (saints and/or ancestral spirits); ndut classical teachings (a rite of passage); how to advance Seereer religion (A ƭat Roog), stop it from dying out and becoming lost to history; and Seereer continuity (a controversial point brought up at the end by Mamadou Fall which created much disagreement among the panel).  

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Thursday, 18th January 2018

Presenters : Doudou Diouf

Panel :  Tamsier Joof and Mamadou Fall

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof

Subjects covered : On this show, Doudou is joined by Tamsier Joof and Mamadou Fall to discuss Seereer religious prayers; how, when and to whom the Seereer address their prayer to; the Seereer pangool (saints and/or ancestral spirits); ndut classical teachings (a rite of passage); how to advance Seereer religion (A ƭat Roog), stop it from dying out and becoming lost to history; and Seereer continuity (a controversial point brought up at the end by Mamadou Fall which created much disagreement among the panel).  

Radio programme : O nguim in win ball (formerly The Seereer Religion and Culture Show)

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Thursday, 18th January 2018

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). Apologies for the background noise.

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

Websites :

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

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Open Mike : Presented by Doudou Diouf (Monday, 4th December 2017)

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Open Mike is a no-holds-barred talk show where you, the listener sets the agenda. Call the show and talk about anything and everything. Callers are not screened. Want to talk about politics, economics, history, social issues affecting the Seereer people of Senegal, Gambia or Mauritania? Whatever it is, call in and make yourself heard. You can also call in to request a shoutout or dedicate a song to family and friends, or to yourself. Why not? You deserve it.

Open Mike broadcast live from Monday to Friday (see Seereer Radio's programme schedule for details). Seating in for Mamadou Fall who usually presents the show on Mondays, Doudou Diouf is joined by Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall to discuss the recent arrest of Adama Mbaye and Ndeye Sonko - two Senegalese nationals arrested in Senegal for their involvement in human trafficking and the slave trade in Libya and other Arab countries. The panel asks: What is it about the African psyche that will allow this heresy to happen?

With ECOWAS Heads of State accepting Morocco's membership in principle to the West African Bloc, the panel also discussed the hypocrisy of ECOWAS in accepting a North African Arabized nation, yet rejecting Haiti's application whose people we share historical, cultural, racial and religious heritage with. The panel asks: Why has our West Africans leaders allowed this to happen? What is the motivation for allowing an Arab League country who we have no racial or cultural relation with yet rejecting Haity who we have close ties with? Is France behind this? What is Senegal's role in this? What role did the Senegalese Muslim Brotherhoods play in this? Are we (Africans) morally weak to allow this heresy to happen? Should the Bloc be dismantled altogether and start a fresh - which serves the interest of Black Africans and Blacks from the Diaspora?  If a fellow Black nation like Haiti cannot join, yet ECOWAS in its wisdom decided to accept a non-Black nation like Morocco, should the Bloc be dismantled altogether? Join this controversial discussion.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Monday, 4th December 2017

Presenters : Doudou Diouf (main presenter), Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall

Source language(s) : Wolof

Subjects covered : 

  • Doudou Diouf is joined by Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall to discuss the recent arrest of Adama Mbaye and Ndeye Sonko - two Senegalese nationals arrested in Senegal for their involvement in human traffing and the slave trade in Libya and other Arab countries. The panel asks: What is it about the African psyche that will alllow this heresy to happen?
  • With ECOWAS Heads of State accepting Morocco's membership in princple to the West African Bloc, the panel also discussed the hypocrisy of ECOWAS in accepting a North African Arabized nation, yet rejecting Haiti's application whose people we share historical, cultural, racial and religious heritage with. The panel asks: Why has our West African leaders allowed this to happen? What is the motivation for allowing an Arab League country who we have no racial or cultural relationship with yet rejecting Haiti who we have close ties with? Is France behind this? What is Senegal's role in this? What role did the Senegalese Muslim Brotherhoods play in this? Are we (Africans) morally weak to allow this heresy to happen? Should the Bloc be dismantled altogether and start a fresh with one which serves the interest of Black Africans and Blacks from the Diaspora?  If a fellow Black nation like Haiti cannot join, yet ECOWAS in their wisdom decided to accept a non-Black nation like Morocco, should the Bloc be dismantled altogether? Join this controversial discussion.

Radio programme : Open Mike

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Monday, 4th December 2017

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). Apoligies for the background noise.

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

Websites :

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

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

O nguim in win ball (Traditional African religions) : Presented by Doudou Diouf (Thursday, 30th November 2017 - in Wolof)

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O nguim in win ball - which in Seereer translates to "Black people's believe in God" or "African religion" for short (or Traditional African religions), and formerly known as the Seereer Religion and Culture Show (O ngim fo cosaan Seereer) broadcast live every Thursday night from 22:00 GMT. The show is presented by Doudou Diouf. On this show, Doudou addresses the history of Traditional African religions and their spiritual and belief systems. The show's emphasis is on all Traditional African religions and not just the Seereer religion  (A ƭat Roog). The show is broadcast in Seereer and Wolof. 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Thursday, 30th November 2017

Presenters : Doudou Diouf

Source language(s) : This is the Wolof version of this show.

Subjects covered : On this show, Doudou discusses the different deities in Traditional African religions; similarities between the Traditional African religions; history of Traditional African religions; and why Africans are more willing to accept foreign religions/gods and ready to die defending them yet reject the faith of their forefathers?

Radio programme : O nguim in win ball (formerly The Seereer Religion and Culture Show)

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Thursday, 30th November 2017

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).

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

Websites :

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

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

O nguim in win ball (Traditional African religions) : Presented by Doudou Diouf (Thursday, 30th November 2017 - in Seereer)

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O nguim in win ball - which in Seereer translates to "Black people's believe in God" or "African religion" for short (or Traditional African religions), and formerly known as the Seereer Religion and Culture Show (O ngim fo cosaan Seereer) broadcast live every Thursday night from 22:00 GMT. The show is presented by Doudou Diouf. On this show, Doudou addresses the history of Traditional African religions and their spiritual and belief systems. The show's emphasis is on all Traditional African religions and not just the Seereer religion  (A ƭat Roog). The show is broadcast in Seereer and Wolof. 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Thursday, 30th November 2017

Presenters : Doudou Diouf

Source language(s) : This is the Seereer version of this show.

Subjects covered : On this show, Doudou discusses the different deities in Traditional African religions; similarities between the Traditional African religions; history of Traditional African religions; and why Africans are more willing to accept foreign religions/gods and ready to die defending them yet reject the faith of their forefathers?

Radio programme : O nguim in win ball (formerly The Seereer Religion and Culture Show)

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Thursday, 30th November 2017

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).

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

Websites :

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

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Our special tribute to Professor Issa Laye Thiaw : 1943 - 10th September 2017 (broadcast on 11th September 2017)

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It is with great regret that the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) and Seereer Radio find themselves having to announce the passing of our colleague and old friend Professor Issa Laye Thiaw. Professor Issa Laye Thiaw, also known as Mbañik Caw (his Seereer name, Thiaw is spelled Caw in Seereer) was a brilliant historian and author, and a very proud Seereer and African. A true guardian of Seereer tradition, religion, culture and ethics. He was a gifted and wise man who was always generous with his knowledge and time. The Seereer Community, the Senegambian community, and Africa have lost a great man. 

Following the passing of our colleague and uncle - Professor Issa Laye Thiaw on Sunday, 10th September 2017 in Senegal, The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio teams as well as Radio Ndef Leng Diourbel 96.4 FM came together to pay a special tribute to Professor Issa Laye Thiaw.  This two hour tribute replaced the regular  Open Mike programme usually presented by Mamadou Fall. Folloiwng his passing, The Seereer Centre, Seereer Radio, Seereer Heritage Press and their teams issued a joint tribute published on Seereer Radio's website. You can read the full tribute by visiing this link if you are using a computer or visiting this website (www.seereerpodcast.org). Alternatively,  you can  check the  website links below or visit Seereer Radio's website (Schedule --> Presenters --> Obituary of Issa Laye Thiaw).

Professor Issa Laye Thiaw was not just a proud member of the SRC and Seereer Radio, but a family. We the Seereer and Senegambian community owe it to this great man to help support his works and family by buying his book La femme Seereer which is filled with great information as anyone who have read the book can attest to. We hope when the time comes for us to ask for the community's support in bringing to life the SRCTIW (The Seereer Resource Centre and The Temple of Initiated Women) project, the Seereer community, other Senegambians, Africans and those from the Diaspora will rally behind us and help us preserve the legacy of this man. For those who knew him, this project has been one of his best wishes that he wanted to give to the Seereer, Senegambian, African and those the Diaspora who were separated from their motherland due to the horrible history of slavery. It is sad that he will not be here to witness the completion of this project, but we can unite and ensure that one of his greatest wishes comes to fruition. 

The Seereer Resource Centre, Seereer Radio, Seereer Heritage Press,  Tamsier JoofDemba SeneMamadou FallDimlé Sène and all team members of the SRC and Seereer Radio would like to offer their heartfelt and sincere condolences to his family and friends. This is a huge lost as expressed by colleagues.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Monday, 11th September 2017

Presenters : Tamsier Joof (main presenter), Doudou Diouf, Moussoukoro Sidibé, Mamadou Fall,  Ndef Leng FM Diourbel 96.4FM (Diokel Ngom and Aly Sene), Laity Sene

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof

Subjects covered : . This is a special tribute to our colleague, friend and uncle Professor Issa Laye Thiaw who passed away on Sunday, 10th September 2017 in Senegal. This tribute was brought to you by The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC), Seereer Radio, Radio Ndef Leng (Diourbel) and their respective teams. 

Radio programme : Open Mike (change of programme): Special tribute to Professor Issa Laye Thiaw

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Monday, 11th September 2017 (22:00 - 00:00)

Medium : Audio recording

Additional information : As you can hear Tamsier Joof say on this audio, our old colleague Demba Sene was on standby to join the show but due to Senegal's internet connection issues, he sadly couldin't joint. Demba Sene wll be paying a special tribute on Seereer Radio and once broadcast, we will upload it on this podcast website. Stay tuned. We would also like to apologise for the noisy background. You can listen to all the interviews we did with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw by visiting the link below or scrolling down to our list of categories and selecting "Professor Issa Laye Thiaw."

Interviews with Prof Thiaw: http://www.seereerpodcast.org/category/professor-issa-laye-thiaw/ 

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

Websites :

Special tribute to Professor Issa Laye Thiaw : http://www.seereerradio.com/obituary-of-issa-laye-thiaw 

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

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Ndef Leng FM Diourbel (96.4 FM) : http://www.seereerradio.com/radio-ndef-leng-diourbel 

Cosaan Seereer : Part 2 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw (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 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 second part of the interview they conducted with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw at his house in Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, Senegal. This audio is in two parts.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 16th April 2016

 

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall

 

Interviewers : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

 

Interviewee : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw

 

Other panel members : Njaga Gaye and Momodou Secka

 

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

Subjects covered : Seereer prayer; Original name of Siin and original Seereervillages/towns and Raampa script.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

 

Radio station : Seereer Radio

 

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

 

Collection : The SRC Collection

 

Date of recording : 14th December 2015

 

Location : The compound of Professor Issa Laye Thiaw in Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, 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. It was recorded on 14th December 2015 at Professor Thiaw's house. Apologies for the noisy background..

 

Information about Professor Issa Laye Thiaw  : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw, also known as Mbañik Caw (his Seereer name, Thiaw is spelled Caw in Seereer) is a scholar of Seereer religion and history, but perhaps better known for his work on Seereer religion and culture. His work has been cited by several international scholars writing about Seereer religion and culture. Along with his writing, Professor Thiaw has also appeared as guest speaker on several inter-religious dialogue meetings. He is the author of that celebrated book "La femme Seereer." Other papers authored by Thiaw include:

 

  • La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation

     

     

     

  • Mythe de la création du monde selon les sages sereer

Professor Thiaw supports the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) where he currently serves as Consultant on Seereer religion, History and Culture. Working in partnership with the Seereer Resource Centre, Professor Thiaw and the SRC are in the process of building a huge complex in Sanghe (or Sangue) - Senegal, which will be called "The Seereer Resource Centre and the Temple of Initiated Women." It will be the flagship office of the SRC where Seereer ancient religion, culture and medicine will be taught to those interested in these subjects. To learn more about this project and how you can part take in it, visit the Seereer Resource Centre's website or e-mail us at info@seereer.com.

 

Note :  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


Cosaan Seereer : Part 1 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw (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 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 first part of the interview they conducted with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw at his house in Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, Senegal. This audio is in two parts.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 26th March 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall

Interviewers : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw

Other panel members : Njaga Gaye and Momodou Secka

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

Subjects covered : Seereer symbolism ; Ndut, Seereer surnames; The importance and representation of birds in Seereer traditions.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 14th December 2015

Location : The compound of Professor Issa Laye Thiaw in Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, 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. It was recorded on 14th December 2015 at Professor Thiaw's house. Apologies for the noisy background..

Information about Professor Issa Laye Thiaw  : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw, also known as Mbañik Caw (his Seereer name, Thiaw is spelled Caw in Seereer) is a scholar of Seereer religion and history, but perhaps better known for his work on Seereer religion and culture. His work has been cited by several international scholars writing about Seereer religion and culture. Along with his writing, Professor Thiaw has also appeared as guest speaker on several inter-religious dialogue meetings. He is the author of that celebrated book "La femme Seereer." Other papers authored by Thiaw include:

  • La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation

  • Mythe de la création du monde selon les sages sereer

Professor Thiaw supports the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) where he currently serves as Consultant on Seereer religion, History and Culture. Working in partnership with the Seereer Resource Centre, Professor Thiaw and the SRC are in the process of building a huge complex in Sanghe (or Sangue) - Senegal, which will be called "The Seereer Resource Centre and the Temple of Initiated Women." It will be the flagship office of the SRC where Seereer ancient religion, culture and medicine will be taught to those interested in these subjects. To learn more about this project and how you can part take in it, visit the Seereer Resource Centre's website or e-mail us at info@seereer.com.

Note :  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

Cosaan Seereer : Part 2 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw (January 2015) by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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In January 2015, the Seereer Resource Centre 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 second part of the interview they conducted with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw at his house in Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, Senegal. This audio is in two parts.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 30th January 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw

Other panel member : Njaga Gaye

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

Subjects covered : The Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune (or Battle of Somb); The proclamation of saltigis at the Battle of Somb; Saltigi Laba Jëën Ngum - his fame and wisdom; Saltigi Jaye Chas, Seereer festivals : Gamou, Gamou Kahone, Ndut, Mbooye, Tobaski, Njuud, Sowing and Harvest; Origin, meaning and etymology of Gamou; Etymology of the word julit (a term used by Senegambians to designate a Muslim); Seereer songs when a person dies; How the Seereer view death; Seereer funeral ceremony (Mbooye) and rituals when a person dies; Juuf, Joof or Diouf family consolation song when a member of the that family dies; Seereer view of heaven and death through songs; Prayers by patrilineal and matrilineal clan members when a member of that clan dies and the associated rituals; The Juuf family prayer; The Thiaw family prayer; The ritual when the deceased is being interred (for men and women and relation to Seereer numerology); Seereer paternal and maternal culture and the importance of matrilineality; Origin of Seereer matrilineality; Seereer creation myth : First human couple (female, then male) - including their names; Origin of Tobaski, Seereer Calendar (Yuuk in Seereer, Reeh in Saafi) – an agricultural calendar; The year the Seereer were supposedly driven out of Ancient Egypt : 522 BC; Kechan, Manja and Cosaan in reference to the Seereer Calendar; Seereer and Jola : The oldest inhabitants in Senegambia and the ones who brought civilisation to the Senegambia region.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 8th January 2015

Location : Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, 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. It was recorded on 8th January 2015 at Professor Thiaw's house. Apologies for the noisy background from other members of the household.

Information about Professor Issa Laye Thiaw  : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw, also known as Mbañik Caw (his Seereer name, Thiaw is spelled Caw in Seereer) is a scholar of Seereer religion and history, but perhaps better known for his work on Seereer religion and culture. His work has been cited by several international scholars writing about Seereer religion and culture. Along with his writing, Professor Thiaw has also appeared as guest speaker on several inter-religious dialogue meetings. He is the author of that celebrated book "La femme Seereer." Other papers authored by Thiaw include:

  • La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation
  • Mythe de la création du monde selon les sages sereer

Professor Thiaw supports the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) where he currently serves as Consultant on Seereer religion, History and Culture. Working in partnership with the Seereer Resource Centre, Professor Thiaw and the SRC are in the process of building a huge complex in Sanghe (or Sangue) - Senegal, which will be called "The Seereer Resource Centre and the Temple of Initiated Women." It will be the flagship office of the SRC where Seereer ancient religion, culture and medicine will be taught to those interested in these subjects. To learn more about this project and how you can parttake in it, visit the Seereer Resource Centre's website or e-mail us at info@seereer.com.

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Cosaan Seereer : Part 1 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw (January 2015) by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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In January 2015, the Seereer Resource Centre 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 first part of the interview they conducted with Professor Issa Laye Thiaw at his house in Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, Senegal. This audio is in two parts.

Date of first broadcast onSeereer Radio : Saturday, 23rd January 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw

Other panel member : Njaga Gaye

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

Subjects covered : Meaning and origin/etymology of the word Seereer; Meaning and etymology of the diverse Seereer groups (Seeh, Saafi, Ndut, Waro, Noon,Laalaa, Jegem); Seereer surnames; Why the Seereer groups speak different languages?; Wisdom in Classical Ndut teachings; Seereer - the earliest inhabitants of Jolof and Waalo; The Xoy Ceremony and other Seereer religious festivals; The original reason for Xoy; Seereer prayers against flooding;The great griot – Hama Juma and wisdom to acquire rain by the Saltigi class; The honour of real Saltigi in ancient times (they used to commit suicide if their predictions did not come to fruition); Saltigi wisdom was either acquired or born with; Why in Seereer culture a child deemed to be wise should have his head and eyes covered; The sacred sangool stick that the Saltigi used to used during the Xoy to announce their predictions; Seereer prayers, ways of praying and the reasons why Seereer pray; Prayers and offerings to the ancestors; The great Saltigi Laba Jeen Ngum (19th-century) and his prayer to Roog; Prayers to Roog.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 8th January 2015

Location : Diamagane Sicap. Dakar, 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 theSRC and Seereer Radio) and Demba Sene. It was recorded on 8th January 2015at Professor Thiaw's house. Apologies for the noisy background from other members of the household.

Information about ProfessorIssa Laye Thiaw  : Professor Issa Laye Thiaw, also known as Mbañik Caw (his Seereer name, Thiaw isspelled Caw in Seereer) is a scholar of Seereer religion and history, but perhaps better known for his work on Seereer religion and culture. His work has been cited by several international scholars writing about Seereer religion and culture. Along with his writing, Professor Thiaw has also appeared as guest speaker on several inter-religious dialogue meetings. He is the author of that celebrated book "La femme Seereer." Other papers authored by Thiaw include:

  • La religiosité Seereer, avant et pendant leur Islamisation

  • Mythe de la création du monde selon les sages sereer

Professor Thiaw supports the Seereer Resource Centre(SRC) where he currently serves as Consultant on Seereer religion, History and Culture. Working in partnership with the Seereer Resource Centre, Professor Thiaw and the SRC are in the process of building a huge complex in Sanghe (or Sangue) - Senegal, which will be called "The Seereer Resource Centre and the Temple of Initiated Women." It will be the flagship office of the SRC where Seereer ancient religion, culture and medicine will be taught to those interested in these subjects. To learn more about this project and how you can part take in it, visit the Seereer Resource Centre's website or e-mail us at info@seereer.com.

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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