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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.

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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: Exclusive interview with Alhaji Sulaye Nyang | PART 2 : Alhaji Dodou Nying Koliyandeh and Alhaji Sait Camara - by The Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio

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 great uncle Alhaji Sulaye Nyang, great grandson of the Saluum historical figure - Wally Nyang.  For the history of Wally Nyang see our interview with Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof (aka : Cham Joof)

This audio is in two parts. Part 1 relates to the genealogy / descendants  of Wally Nyang - narrated by Alhaji Sulaye Nyang. The interviewer was Tamsier Joof. Part 2 relates to the history of Maad a Sinig Kumba Ndoofeen Famaak Juuf (king of Siin) and the surprise attack at Kerr Ngoor by the Muslim Marabout forces of Tafsir Maba Jaaxu Bâ and Lat Joor Ngoneh Latir Joop leading to the death of Bukary Ngoneh Juuf, and the ultimate Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune more commonly known as the Battle of Somb (1867) in which the Seereers defeated the Muslim forces and was Maba killed. Part 2 was narrated by the late Seereer-Gambian griot and broadcaster Alhaji Dodou Nying Koliyandeh and the late Gambian historian Alhaji Sait Camara -, courtesy of Uncle Johnny Secka of Unique FM.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 20th February 2016

Presenters : Tamsier Joof and Demba Sene 

Interviewees : Part 1: Alhaji Sulaye Nyang, Part 2 : Alhaji Dodou Nying Koliyandeh and Alhaji Sait Camara

Interviewers : Tamsier Joof of the Seereer Resource Centre and Seereer Radio; and  Uncle Johnny Secka of Unique FM, Gambia

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

Subjects covered : Part 1 : Descendants of Wally Nyang by Alhaji Sulaye Nyang; Part 2: History of Maad a Sinig Kumba Ndoofeen Famaak Juuf (king of Siin), The Great Bukary Ngoneh Juuf, Lat Joor Ngoneh Latir Joop and Tafsir Maba Jaaxu Bâ at Kerr Ngoor and at the Battle of Fandane Thioutioune (aka : Battle of Somb) 18th July 1867. This part is narrated by Alhaji Dodou Nying Koliyandeh and Alhaji Sait Camara.

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio (and Unique FM, Gambia - part 2)

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) and Unique FM, Gambia

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date(s) of recording : 11th March 2010

Location : Part 1: The compound of Alhaji Sulaye Nyang in Latri Kunda, The Gambia, Part 2: Unique FM Studios, Gambia

Medium : Audio recording

Additional information : This audio (part 1) 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). In parts of the interview, Tamsier decided to give the microphone to Alhaji Sulaye Nyang and allowed him to speak freely. Part 2 of the audio - courtesy of Uncle Johnny Secka of Unique FM, Gambia. Our thanks to Uncle Johnny Secka and the Unique FM team.

Information about the narrators: 

Alhaji Sulaye Nyang is the great grandson of Wally Nyang, the 19th-century historical figure of Saluum. The late Alhaji Dodou Nying Kuli Yandeh was a Seereer-Gambian griot and broadcaster. He was a regular on the Chossanie Senegambia [History of Senegambia] program between Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal which ran from 4th October 1973. He was known for playing the xalam during his narrations. The late Alhaji Sait Camara was also a notable Gambian oral historian and musician. He was also a xalam player. 

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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

Unique FM - www.uniquefm.gm

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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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 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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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 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.

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 first 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

     

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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). 

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


Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

Cosaani Senegambia (History of Senegambia) : History of Banjul with Doctor Lamin Mbye

This audio is in three parts:

Part 1. The late Gambian historian Doctor Lamin Mbye narrates the history of Banjul. Doctor Mbye touches on the meaning of the name Banjul; the families from Goreé and Sierra Leone brought into The Gambia by the colonial authorities to build Banjul (many of whom were from the Aku ethnic group) after they purchased land from the King of Kombo. In this audio, Doctor Mbye supports his narrations by citing written sources (primary and secondary sources) as well as the oral tradition. Some of the notable people mentioned in this audio include Reverend J.C Faye and the 19th-century Gambian merchant Pompey Gaye.

Part 2. Interview of ’El Hadji Mansour Gui of Senegal (Islamic based interview)

Part 3. Summary of the programs by Elhadj Abdoulaye Nar Samba and Moustapha Yade

Area of history : Oral and written history of Senegambia : "Banjul" (The Gambia)

Narrated by : Doctor Lamin Mbye (of The Gambia)

Program : Cosaani Senegambia [History of Senegambia]

Radio station : Radio Gambia (at the time)

Year (or approximate year of recording) between 1973 and early 1975.

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 (also known as Cham Joof) was the Director of Program. The presenters were Alhaji Mansour Njie of Radio Gambia and Ibrahima Mbenga of Radio Senegal. The historian being interviewed is the late Doctor Lamin Mbye of the Gambia. 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.

Medium : Audio recording

Information about Doctor Lamin Mbye (also known as Professor Lamin Mbye) : Doctor Lamin Mbye was a Professor of History and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland  at Eastern Shore (UMES). His area of interest was African history. He worked for institution from 1986 to 2004. 

His father descended from the Mbye family of Cayor and Walo, and his mother descended from the Jange family of Saluum – one of the Seereer precolonial kingdoms.

After graduating from high school in the late fifties, he worked for the government in colonial Gambia and later managed to secure a scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. He obtained his first degree from the University of Wales and doctoral degree from Birmingham University in England.

"Upon his return to the Gambia in 1969, the Civil Service Commission appointed him as the head of the Information Department where he supervised many of the young Gambians working as journalists in the Gambia News Bulletin and as broadcasters in the newly created Radio Gambia."

Source : Obituary of Doctor Lamin Mbye – "No. 940: Obituary: Professor Lamin Mbye" provided by Professors Sulayman S. Nyang of Howard University  – main informant, and Professor A.B. Assensoh of Indiana University-Bloomington [in] The University of Texas at Austin.

Medium : Audio recording

Subjects covered : History of Banjul, Origin of the name “Banjul”; Goreén families, Sierra Leonean families, British colonialism in The Gambia, Aku people, King of Kombo. History of fanal, History of lanteen, Gambian families, Reverend J.C Faye (member of the Seereer ethic group), Pompey Gaye. 

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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 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

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