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Cosaan Seereer : Exclusive interview with the late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof (aka : Cham Joof) by the Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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Tamsier Joof, founder of the Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio has been documenting Seereer and Senegambian history for the past few decades. This is the interview he conducted with his uncle the late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof more commonly known as Cham Joof, the highly acclaimed Gambian historian, author, politician, broadcaster and trade unionist who passed away on 2nd April 2011.   This audio is a collage of interviews Tamsier conducted with his late uncle over the years. The earliest recording for this particular audio is 2008.

 

Tamsier dedicated  this show to Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof. The show was co-presented with Demba Sene.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 13th February 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof (aka: Cham Joof)

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

Subjects covered : Political life of Cham Joof, Trade unionist life of Cham Joof, Meaning of Geweel (griot), History of Wally Nyang and Kotcha Joof,Brave Women at the Battle of Kansala, History of Sa lolly Jabou, The Great Boukary Ngoneh Juuf, The difference between Kal and Gamou,Tafsir Ebrima Samba and Tafsir Demba Jange, The Great Ibra Faye, (griot of King Abdou Njaay), The Joof family (The Nyang and Joof families, and the Seereer code of honour), genealogy and family history of Cham Joof.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date(s) of recording : From 25th December 2008 to 24th January 2010 (this is a collage of interviews)

Location : The compound of Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof in Bakau, The Gambia

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 ofthe SRC and Seereer Radio). Apologies for the poor quality of this audio and the background noise from other members of the household. The interviews were very old and the equipment used at the time was not as sophisticated as we have now. The structure of the interview was also less formal as you might have heard before, because Tamsier was interviewing his own paternal uncle so the formal interview structure you might have heard from Tamsier was not present here. Instead, the interview was informal and there was much laughter between Tamsier and his uncle. However, the recording is full of great content on Seereer and Senegambian history. In parts of the interview, Tamsier decided to give the microphone to Cham and allowed him to speak freely. 

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Information about Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof : Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof  (22 October 1924 – 2 April 2011), more commonly known as Cham Joof was a Gambian historian, politician,author, trade unionist, broadcaster, radio program director, scout master,Pan-Africanist, lecturer, columnist, activist and nationalist who fought diligently to ensure The Gambia and her people gain full independence from British colonial rule. He was one of the leading Gambian nationalists during the colonial era.

Cham Joof’s political inspirations came from  Rev. J. C Faye and Ibrahima Momodou Garba-Jahumpa. He was amember of the Gambia Democratic Party (GDP),  the first political party in The Gambia formed by Rev. J. C Faye in February 1951 at the then Information Bureau at Allen Street in Banjul. The GDP was previously known as the Gambia Congress Party. Cham Joof organised and led “The Bread and Butter Demonstration of 1959”, a political demonstration against British colonial rule. As a result of that demonstration he was arrested and imprisoned by the British colonial authorities along with his collaborators Crispin Grey Johnson and M. B. Jones. They were all indicted as "inciting the public to disobey the laws of the land." Their Gambian barrister - Bamba Saho represented them and the case was later dismissed. The old black and white picture above shows the scene during the Bread Butter Demonstration of 1959 in Banjul, The Gambia. You can see the much younger Cham Joof in a white shirt and hat holding a file. 

Cham Joof was one of the pioneers of the "Chossanie Senegambia" program, a collaborative radio show between Radio Senegal and Radio Gambia from 1973 where prominent Senegalese and Gambian historians and griots were interviewed in the local Senegambian languages about the history of Senegambia (i.e. Senegal and Gambia). Chossanie Senegambia (variation: Cosaanie Senegambia) simply means the history of Senegambia. The word "cosaan", a Saafi-Saafi word, is a generic term denoting history, culture or tradition or a combination of all three.Cosaan means origin or the beginning in Saafi-Saafi.

Many of Cham Joof’s manuscripts were unpublished but quoted by scholars who interacted with him. Here is a selection of some of his books:

 

  • The history of the Banjul Mosque

     

  • Getting to know The Gambia  

     

  • The root cause of the bread and butter demonstration

     

  • Banjul Daemba 1816-1999 Tagator

     

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Websites : 

 

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


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Cosaan Seereer : Exclusive interview with Bure Joof, Njuma Joof and Mam Biram Joof of Njongon by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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 Bure Joof, Njuma Joof and Mam Biram Joof in Njongon, The Gambia - a twenty minutes taxi ride from Barra which is located in the Niumi area.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 6th February 2016

 

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

 

Interviewees : Bure Joof, Njuma Joof and Mam Biram Joof

 

Other panel members : Njaga Gaye

 

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

 

Subjects covered : Origin of the Seereer people; History of Njongon, Historical ties between the Seereer, Jola and Fula people, and the link between Seereer and Jola people; Meaning and etymology of Niominka; History and genealogy of the Joof family of Njongon; Role of Seereer Saltigi and Seereer rituals before sowing seeds; and Seereer villages and their founders within the Niumi area.

 

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

 

Radio station : Seereer Radio

 

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

 

Collection : The SRC Collection

 

Date of recording : 26th December 2015

 

Location : The compound of Mam Biram Joof in Njongon, Niumi, The Gambia

 

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 the Joof family of Njongon : Njuma Joof and Mam Biram Joof are brothers, and Bure Joof is their paternal cousin. Njuma is the eldest, followed by Bure, then Mam Biram - the youngest. The family have been living in Njongon village since 1954, and this family are connected to the Joof family that founded many surrounding villages in the Niumi area including Njongon itself which was founded by another member of the Joof family. They are related to Alkali Ndiaga Joof who is the current alkali (village chief or mayor) of Njongon. Njaga Joof was not present during the interview but he was the one who initially introduced the SRC team to Mam Biram Joof and arranged the interview. Bure Joof did much of the talking. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the history of the Seereer people of Niumi.  As custom dictates, Mam Biram Joof did not speak much as his elder brother and cousin were present. The three gentlemen are Seereer Seex and speak the Seex language - i.e. Seereer-Siin. They also speak Wolof and English - Njuma and Mam Biram in particular.


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Websites :

 

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


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

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

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. 

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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

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.

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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


Onegambia.com - onegambia.com


Radio Gambia (now GRTS) - www.grts.gm


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