Cosaan Seereer : Part 1 of 2 : Exclusive interview with Professor Maara Jon (December 2015) by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio
Saturday, 9th January 2016
Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene
Professor Maara Jon
Momodou Secka and Njaga Gaye
Saafi-Saafi, Seereer-Siin, French and English
Seereer religion (Deity, Gamou, Prayer, Saltigi and Pangool).
The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)
19th December 2015
Médina, Dakar, Senegal
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.This audio was recorded for the
(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 :
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