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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

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/ 

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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 : Exclusive interview with Babou Ngom (Saturday, 8th October 2016) - LIVE

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Listen again to our live interview with a living Seereer legend, the great Babou Ngom, Senegalese master drummer. This show was first broadcast on Saturday, 8th October 2016 on the Cosaan Seereer show. A big thanks to Babou Ngom for giving us great Seereer music over the past decades. It was a pleasure to have him on the show and listen to this great man speak about Seereer music and how it influences Senegambian music and much more. Thanks also to our new colleague and family Laity Sene for the great work he does in preserving Seereer cultural heritage and for bringing this long awaited interview to fruition. Thanks also to Le Regal Restaurant in Ouakam, Senegal, and of course Ablaye Ndiaye (pastry man) and Lamine Ly (manager). 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 8th October 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Mamadou Fall, Moussoukoro Sidibé and Laity Sene

Interviewee : Babou Ngom, 

Source language(s) : Seereer, Wolof and English

Subjects covered : Babou Ngom's career; Seereer culture : Music, Njuup, Rhythm, Drums, Dances, Chants, Ndut; Seereer history : Maad a Sinig, Maad a Saluum;  Seereer religion: Saltigue

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 8th October 2016

Location of interviewee : Le Regal Restaurant in Ouakam, 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). Our sincere 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


Le Regal Restaurant, Ouarkam, Senegal - Facebook

Cosaan Seereer : Exclusive interview with Ibou Sene (Saturday, 27th August 2016)

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Listen again to our live interview with the Senegalese personality - Ibou Sene (Director of Centre Culturel Régional de Fatick and Deputy/Assistant Director of Centre National Cinématographique (CNC) (Sénégal)). This show was first broadcast on Saturday, 27th August 2016 on the Cosaan Seereer show. Thanks to everyone who sent their messages and a big thanks to Ibou Sene for the wonderful work he does in preserving Seereer cultural heritage especially in the Siin - Saluum area.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 27th August 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and  Moussoukoro Sidibé

Interviewee : Ibou Sene

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

Subjects covered : Ibou Sene's career, Seereer culture, history, religion and politics.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 27th August 2016

Location of interviewee : Fatick, 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). Our sincere 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

Cosaan Seereer : Xoy Special (2016) - Part 1 : Saturday, 18th June 2016

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On Saturday, 4th June 2016 and Sunday, 5th June 2016, the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) and Seereer Radio's Cosaan Seereer team (Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene) attended the annual Xoy ceremony at Centre MALANGO in Fatick, Senegal. The Xoy is an annual divination ceremony where the Seereer high priests gather once a year before the rainy season to divine the future - mainly about weather conditions, politics and social issues. It is an important festival in the Seereer religious calendar. This is part 1 of the coverage of the Xoy - first broadcast on the Cosaan Seereer show on Saturday, 18th June 2016. Internet connection in Gambia was poor hence why Cosaan Seereer show was cancelled on 11th June 2016 whilst Tamsier was in the Gambia. Following his return back to London, the show was broadcast on 18th June. The audio coverage of the Xoy is rather lengthy. Part 2 is scheduled for Saturday, 25th June 2016. As stated in this audio, the first part is a panel discussion held at Hotel Mindiss in Fatick attended by Dr. Erick Gbodossou (President of Prometra International (Senegal)), Amat Diop (President of CEMETRA), other members of the medical profession and the Senegalese media. The discussion was mainly about the effectiveness of traditional African medicine in curing illnesses. Some Seereer high priests (Saltigi)  also provide traditional Seereer medicine.  After the panel discussion, Tamsier, Demba and the panelists headed to MALANGO on that same night for the Xoy ceremony where the Seereer priestly class gather to deliver their sermons and divine the future in Seereer. Ablie Bop of Walfadjri Radio translated in Wolof. The Xoy was a two day affair which lasted from 4th to 5th June 2016. If using a computer, the picture to the right is the Seereer star Yoonir (known as Seeseen in Saafi). On the second day of the festival, it was circled by the priestly class and delegations from various parts of Senegal where ritual offerings were made. Visit the Seereer Resource Centre's YouTube channel for a video of this. 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 18th June 2016

Reporters: Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall 

Main speakers: Panel discussion: Dr. Erick Gbodossou and Amat Diop; Saltigi at MALANGO: Saltigi Ebrima Ndong; Saltigi Coumba Ndoffène Diouf; Saltigi Musa Tine; Saltigi Ousman Diouf; Saltigi Chombey Ndiaye (Ndiaye Ndiaye Fatick) and Saltigi Juma Thiaré. Wolof translator: Ablie Bop.

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

Subjects covered : Seereer religious festival, Traditional Seereer medicine.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 4th June 2016 - Sunday, 5th June 2016

Location of interviewee : Fatick, 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). 

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

Open Mike : Presented by Mamadou Fall (Friday,17th June 2016)

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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 program for details). Mamadou Fall presents the show on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our new presenter Moussoukoro Sidibé (commonly known as Moussou) presents it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Moussou will be presenting other shows in the coming weeks - mainly on topics relating to the Seereer and Senegambian woman. Check out Seereer Radio's schedule page for updates. If you want to be a presenter on Seereer Radio, visit their careers page (website details below).

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Friday, 17th June 2016

Presenter : Mamadou Fall

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof

Subjects covered : The release of Karim Wade from jail and also Tamsier Joof's report from gambia about opposition's trouble with Yayah Jammeh's regim & preparation for 2016 xoy in Fatick

Radio program : Open Mike

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Friday, 17th June 2016

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

Cosaan Seereer : Exclusive interview with Professor Maara Jon : LIVE - 28th May 2016 by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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On Saturday, 28th May 2016, the Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio's Cosaan Seereer team interviewed Professor Maara Jon live on the radio on matters relating to Seereer religion. Members of the interviewing team consisted of Tamsier Joof (London, UK), Demba Sene (Dakar, Senegal) and Mamadou Fall (Sheffield, UK). 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 28th May 2016

Presenters : Demba Sene, Tamsier Joof and Mamadou Fall 

Interviewee : Professor Maara Jon

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

Subjects covered : Seereer prayers and Seereer religious festivals.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 28th May 2016

Location of interviewee : Médina, 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). 

Information about Professor Maara Jon (née. Aliou Dione: Professor Maara Jon (or Professor Mara Joon) is a linguist, historian, researcher and author. He graduated from the University of Cheick Anta Diop (French: Université Cheikh Anta Diop or UCAD) and since 1974 has been a prominent researcher and author of Seereer (particularly Saafi) history, culture and religion. Professor Jon also attended the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Dakar (CLAD) under the supervision of Professor Souleymane Faye, a professor of linguistics at UCAD and a member of the SRC team. Prior to his academic career, Professor Jon had success in acting. His name Maara derived from a film he was in where he played the role of a marabout. His real Seereer name is Jig Jam Jon.

Professor Jon has had several peer-reviewed papers under his name, and has authored, co-authored or contributed to several papers and books including assisting Professor David Maranz in his research on the Seereer-Saafi Raampa script (1992). Some of his work include :

  • "Saafi, ɓoo fiisaat peɗmi ɓoo ɓap" (Saafi, lisons et écrivons notre langue maternelle), Société Internationale de Linguistique, BP 2075, Dakar, Sénégal, 2000 (réédité en 2004) (author: Rokhaya Seck, in collaboration with Aliou Dione, Carol Larsen and Jorunn Dijkstra)

  • "Le mythe de l'origine de l'héritage chez les Saafi" ((in Saafi: Cosaan-in Iam Saafi) [in] Notes africaines, Issues 181-190, Institut français d'Afrique noire, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire Cheikh Anta Diop, Institut français d'Afrique noire (1984) (see page 25 and from page 43).

  • "Le thème de la mort dans la littérature Seereer: Essai", author : Amade Faye, Contributor : Agence de coopération culturelle et technique, Nouvelles éditions africaines du Sénégal (1997), Credit : Aliou Dione - page 212, note 306

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 : Exclusive interview with Saltigi Biram Puuy (21st May 2016) : Listeners get a live reading

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After playing the interview we did with Saltigi Biram Puuy on Seereer Radio's Cosaan Seerer, we received numerous e-mails and text messages from listeners asking us Saltigi Puuy's contact details. We asked you to be patient with us as we were working behind the scenes to bring Saltigi Puuy live on air so you can call the show and ask for a personal reading from this wise and gifted Seereer high priest. Your wish is our command! On Saturday 21st May 2016 - from 2 pm GMT (1 pm in Senegal and Gambia), Saltigi Puuy joined the Cosaan Seereer team live on air and took calls from listeners. 

He was not feeling well that day but was kind enough to join us to which we are immensely grateful. Check out the video interview we did with Saltigi Puuy uploaded on the Seereer Resource Centre's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoopruoQPnk. Please don't forget to subscribe to the Seereer Resource Centre's YouTube Channel for upcoming videos.

The Cosaan Seereer show broadcasts every Saturday from 2 pm GMT on Seereer Radio, Join the discussion by group Skype : SEEREERRADIO.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 21st May 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene, Mamadou Fall and Dimlé Sène (Lance Johnson) as guest.

Guest: Saltigi Biram Puuy

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

Subjects covered : psychic reading; Seereer religion; protection against evil or harm; Seereer traditional medicine and plants in Seereer medicine; Seereer cosmology; Seereer cosmogony; values of saltigi (or saltigue); death in Seereer society; and politics.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 21st May 2016

Location of guest: Thiés, Senegal

Medium : Audio recording

Additional information : This audio was recorded for the SRC Collection and Seereer Radio  | The Voice of the Seereer Community (our 24 hour stream radio station). 

Information about Saltigi Biram Puuy (or Birame Pouye): 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. 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 paranormal. 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

Seereer Radio  Skype : seereerradio

Cosaan Seereer : Part 2 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Professor Maara Jon : LIVE - 9th April 2016 by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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On Saturday, 9th April 2016, the Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio's Cosaan Seereer team interviewed Professor Maara Jon live on the radio on matters relating to Seereer religion, culture and history. The first interview conducted live on Seereer Radio took place on 2nd April 2016. This audio is the second part of that live interview conducted on 9th April 2016. Members of the interviewing team consisted of Tamsier Joof (London, UK), Demba Sene (Dakar, Senegal) and Mamadou Fall (Sheffield, UK). 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 9th April 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall 

Interviewee : Professor Maara Jon

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

Subjects covered : Seereer religious festivals; Raampa script; Seereer prayers and Seereer history.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 9th April 2016

Location of interviewee : Médina, 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). 

Information about Professor Maara Jon (née. Aliou Dione: Professor Maara Jon (or Professor Mara Joon) is a linguist, historian, researcher and author. He graduated from the University of Cheick Anta Diop (French: Université Cheikh Anta Diop or UCAD) and since 1974 has been a prominent researcher and author of Seereer (particularly Saafi) history, culture and religion. Professor Jon also attended the Centre de Linguistique Appliquée de Dakar (CLAD) under the supervision of Professor Souleymane Faye, a professor of linguistics at UCAD and a member of the SRC team. Prior to his academic career, Professor Jon had success in acting. His name Maara derived from a film he was in where he played the role of a marabout. His real Seereer name is Jig Jam Jon.

Professor Jon has had several peer-reviewed papers under his name, and has authored, co-authored or contributed to several papers and books including assisting Professor David Maranz in his research on the Seereer-Saafi Raampa script (1992). Some of his work include :

  • "Saafi, ɓoo fiisaat peɗmi ɓoo ɓap" (Saafi, lisons et écrivons notre langue maternelle), Société Internationale de Linguistique, BP 2075, Dakar, Sénégal, 2000 (réédité en 2004) (author: Rokhaya Seck, in collaboration with Aliou Dione, Carol Larsen and Jorunn Dijkstra)
  • "Le mythe de l'origine de l'héritage chez les Saafi" ((in Saafi: Cosaan-in Iam Saafi) [in] Notes africaines, Issues 181-190, Institut français d'Afrique noire, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire Cheikh Anta Diop, Institut français d'Afrique noire (1984) (see page 25 and from page 43).
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