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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

Cosaan Seereer : Exclusive interview with Arona Puuy and Salieu Seck : Koffki Shrine of Bandia 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 Arona Puuy and Salieu Seck at Bandia in Joobaas, Senegal, regarding the historical Koffki shrine at Bandia. The Koffki was a sacred place of judgment and protection used by the Seereer, particularly the Saafi. It is a grove where libations were offered. It was, and is still headed by the Leemu matriclan. One of the powerful Saafi matriclans

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 12th March 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof, Demba Sene and Mamadou Fall

Interviewers : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewees :  Arona Puuy and Salieu Secka 

Other panel members : Njaga Gaye, Momodou Secka and Assane Sene

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

Subjects covered : History of Bandia, the Koffki shrine and Joonjoon; Etymology of Bandia, Koffki and Joonjoon; Yagap Mam; The three original Saafi matriclans, their meaning, etymology and origins (Leemu, Yandol and Laha matriclans) -, and a derived matriclan e.g. Yookaam; Other shrines in Bandia.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 17th December 2015

Location : The compound of Arona Puuy and Salieu Secka in Bandia, 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. 

Note : There is a lot of controversy about this audio interview. Some ultra Seereer traditionalists believe that since some members of the Leemu matriclan have converted to Islam in recent times, especially the one leading this site, they should no longer head this Seereer sacred site. They believe that only those who adhere to the tenets of Seereer religion (a ƭat Roog) in its ultra-orthodox form should head this site, and the Leemu should pass it on to another family that follows the Ultra-Orthodox Seereer religious faith.  They argue that the pouring of wine and invocation of Roog Seen or Kooh Seen (the Supreme Deity) were necessary parts of the ancient libation rituals. Since Islam forbids this and the man leading the site is estopped from doing so as a result of his newly found religion (Islam), he and his family (the Leemu clan) should be barred from leading this site. What do you think? You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment below. Keep it clean and relevant.

Please also note that there was no Cosaan Seereer program on Saturday 5th March 2016. Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene were in The Gambia on that date and were hoping to make the first ever joint broadcast on African soil rather than the usual where Tamsier broadcast from London and Demba joins him live on the phone from Senegal. Unfortunately the show had to be postponed because of The Gambia's poor internet connection. This show was actually the show they should have presented on that date. Seereer Radio would like to apologies to all its listeners who were looking forward to listen to the show on 5th March 2016. 

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 Wally Faye of Tukar 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 Wally Faye in Tukar (or Toucar), Siin, Senegal. Tukar was  an ancient Seereer state with its own vassals founded by Laman Jeegaan Jaye Juuf (variations : Laman Djigan Diouf or Laman Jeegaan Joof). It is also a Seereer sacred place where the Raan festival is held once a year - on the second Thursday in April after the appearance of the new moon.   During the Gelowar Maternal Dynasty (1350 - 1969), Tukar was incorporated into the Seereer precolonial Kingdom of Siin, however it retained  great autonomy from the Seereer kings of Siin. For approximately 1000 years  since its founding by Laman Jeegaan Jaye Juuf, the Juuf family have ruled Tukar and its vassals states as laman  - title for the ancient Seereer kings and landowning class. Following Senegal's independence from France, Tukar is now another old and large Seereer village. 

You can find out more about the Seereer ancient lamans by visiting the Seereer Resource Centre - see the following link: http://www.seereer.com/laman

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

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewers : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Wally Faye 

Other panel members : Ablie Ndour as translator; Njaga Gaye and Momodou Secka

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

Subjects covered : History of Tukar (or Toucar) - its founding and etymology; History of Laman Jeegaan Jaye Juuf; History of Fassamane Caw (adversary of Jeegaan); History of Siin; Kings of Siin; Laman; Lamabaye (in Baol); Seereer genealogy; The Raan festival, Seereer families : the Juuf and Thiaw (Caw) family.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 20th December 2015

Location : The compound of Wally Faye in  Tukar, Siin Region, 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 and Demba Sene. It was recorded on 20th December 2015 at  Wally Faye's house. When we met Mr. Faye he was enjoying his roasted groundnuts - hence some of the background noise. Apologies for the noise. 

Information about Wally Faye  : Wally Faye is in his 80's or 90's. He is literate and is regarded as one of the historians of the village. Some Senegalese journalists / researchers are reported to have visited him for interviews regarding the history of the area. He is a direct descendant of Fassamane Caw (the adventurer and contemporary of Jeegaan Jaye Juuf).

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 and are contrary to the Seereer oral tradition. The head of the Juuf family of Tukar whose ancestor founded Tukar and who is responsible for the Raan festival attended a community meeting on the day of the interview, therefore we were unable to interview him and his family. Our research team will be revisiting Tukar in the near future to record their version. 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.

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 Maara Jon (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 Maara Jon (Aliou Dione) in Dakar, Senegal. This audio is in two parts.

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

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene

Interviewee : Professor Maara Jon

Other panel members : Momodou Secka and Njaga Gaye

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

Subjects covered : Seereer religion (Deity, Gamou, Prayer, Saltigi and Pangool).

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 19th December 2015

Location : 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). The research team was headed by Tamsier Joof (founder of the SRC and Seereer Radio) and Demba Sene.

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 : 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