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Cosaan Seereer: History of the Joof Dynasty of Siin and Baol (27 Nov 2021)

Listen again to our live interview with researcher/historian Mamadou Faye, a young Seereer knowledgable and passionate about Seereer history especially the history of Siin. Mamadou Faye is taking social media by storm especially with his consistent video content on YouTube on matters relating to the history of Siin and its royal dynasties. This is the 4th part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin.
 
On today's show, the panel and their guests discusses the Joof Dynasty - one of the oldest noble families from the Senegambia region that had ruled three great kingdoms: Baol, Siin, and  Saluum for centuries - taking over from their ancient lamanic ancestors. This family has produced some of Senegambia's greatest kings as well as some of its most colourful ones.  Another special guest Sering Diouf (aka. Jaraaf Baol) also joins us  to shed some light on the history of this family from a Baol-Baol perspective, whilst Mamadou Faye  gave us the Siin-Siin perspective. Tamsier Joof is the one asking the questions with his colleague Diokel Laba Ngom who joined later.

 
This programme was scheduled for last year but due to the guest's personal committments the programme had to be deferred. 
 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 27 November 2021

Presenters : Tamsier Joof (main), and Diokel Laba Ngom (later)

Interviewees : Mamadou Faye and Seringe Diouf (aka. Jaraaf Baol)

Source language(s) : Wolof 

Subjects covered : On today's show, the panel and their guest discusses the Joof Dynasty of Siin and Baol - all the way to their ancient lamanic ancestors. This is the 4th part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. 

Radio programme : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 27 November 2021

Location of interviewees : Siin (Senegal) and Italy

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 any noisy background.

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment. Keep it clean and relevant.

Websites :

*The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - https://www.seereer.org/

*Seereer Radio - https://seereerradio.com/

*Mamadou Faye's YouTube Channel (Histoire du Sine):  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4UKaDHX0kMQ7gZSJfktwiw

Open Mic: Gambian politician, lawyer and serial rapist Melville Robertson Roberts

Open Mic 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.

On this special show, Tamsier Joof is joined by Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac) to discuss the rape case of Gambian Foreign Affair senior officer and lawyer Melville Robertson Roberts accused of rape by 5 independent women. For 2 years (from 2019),  his friends in power - including the political elite, those in law/judiciary, as well as sections of the Gambian media have tried to protect him and bury the case instead of bringing it to trial.  The Gambian authorities are so fearful of bringing him to justice that they declared the case  "untouchable" despite the numerous testimonies and evidence presented by his victims. For 2 years, his victims have been denied justice.  If you've missed the live show, listen to it again as Tamsier and Macaire delve deeper into the rape case of this disgraced University of Oxford alumni.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 3rd April 2021

Presenter (main) : Tamsier Joof 

Panel: Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac),

Source language(s) : Wolof

Subjects covered : On this special show, Tamsier Joof is joined by Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac) to discuss the rape case of Gambian Foreign Affair senior officer and lawyer Melville Robertson Roberts accused of rape by 5 independent women. For 2 years (from 2019),  his friends in power - including the political elite, those in law/judiciary, as well as sections of the Gambian media have tried to protect him and bury the case instead of bringing it to trial.  The Gambian authorities are so fearful of bringing him to justice that they declared the case  "untouchable" despite the numerous testimonies and evidence presented by his victims. For 2 years, his victims have been denied justice.  If you've missed the live show, listen to it again as Tamsier and Macaire delve deeper into the rape case of this disgraced University of Oxford alumni.  

Radio programme : Open Mic

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 3rd April 2021

Medium : Audio recording

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment below. Keep it clean and relevant.

CREDIT:

Picture of Melville Robertson Roberts: Courtesy of Trumpet.gm

Websites :

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

Seereer Radio - https://seereerradio.com/ 

Trumpet.gm - https://trumpet.gm/2020/06/18/is-melville-roberts-being-prosecuted-in-absentia-on-rape-assault-charges/ (more on this story)

 

#SurvivingMelville 

#MeeTooMovement 

#MeeToo 

#UniversityofOxford

Open Mic: Interview with Dr Ismaila Ceesay. Presented by Tamsier Joof (18 Jan 2021)

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If you've missed our interview with Dr. Ismaila Ceesay (the 2021 presidential candidate for the Citizens Alliance), you can listen to it on our podcast. Presented by Tamsier Joof.
 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Monday, 18  January 2021

Presenter : Tamsier Joof 

Guest: Dr. Ismaila Ceesay

Source language(s) : English 

Subjects covered : Tamsier Joof interviews  Dr. Ismaila Ceesay, the presidential candidate for Citizens Alliance who will be contesting The Gambia's Presidential Elections in December 2021. Areas covered include: Dr. Ceesay's background; his ferocious criticisms of President Adama Barrow; the famous "Where were they?" counter attack by Barrow ; his arrest in 2018; his party's manifesto; etc.

Radio programme : Open Mic

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Monday, 18  January 2021

Location of interviewee : 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 interview was prerecorded.

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment. Keep it clean and relevant.

Websites :

*The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC) - https://seereer.org/ 

*Seereer Radio - https://seereerradio.webs.com/ 

Credit:

Picture of Dr. Ismaila Ceesay - courtesy of Gunjur Online 

Website: https://www.gunjuronline.com/ 

Cosaan Seereer : The Faye family with Mamadou Faye (8 August 2020)

Listen again to our live interview with researcher/historian Mamadou Faye, a young Seereer knowledgable and passionate about Seereer history especially the history of Siin. Mamadou Faye is taking social media by storm especially with his consistent video content on YouTube on matters relating to the history of Siin and its royal dynasties. This is the third part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. On today's show, the panel and their guest discusses the Faye paternal dynasty of Siin. 
 
Apologies for the cancellation of last week's show. 
 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 8  August 2020

Presenters : Tamsier Joof (main), and Laity Sene

Interviewee : Mamadou Faye 

Source language(s) : Wolof and Seereer

Subjects covered : On today's show, the panel and their guest discusses the Faye paternal dynasty of Siin. This is the third part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. 

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 8 August 2020

Location of interviewee : Siin, 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 any noisy background.

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment. Keep it clean and relevant.

Websites :

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

*Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

*Mamadou Faye's YouTube Channel (Histoire du Sine):  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4UKaDHX0kMQ7gZSJfktwiw

Cosaan Seereer : Maad a Sinig Maysa Wali Manneh with Mamadou Faye (25 July 2020)

Listen again to our live interview with researcher/historian Mamadou Faye, a young Seereer knowledgable and passionate about Seereer history especially the history of Siin. Mamadou Faye is taking social media by storm especially with his consistent video content on YouTube on matters relating to the history of Siin and its royal dynasties. This is the second part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. On today's show, the panel and their guest discuss Maad a Sinig Maysa Wali Manneh - the first Gelowar king to rule in Siin. 
 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 25 July 2020

Presenters : Tamsier Joof (main), and Laity Sene

Interviewee : Mamadou Faye 

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof 

Subjects covered : On today's show, the panel and their guest discuss Maad a Sinig Maysa Wali Manneh - the first Gelowar king to rule in Siin. This is the second part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. 

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 25 July 2020

Location of interviewee : Siin, 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 any noisy background.

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment. Keep it clean and relevant.

Websites :

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

*Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

*Mamadou Faye's YouTube Channel (Histoire du Sine):  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4UKaDHX0kMQ7gZSJfktwiw

Cosaan Seereer : Interview with Mamadou Faye (18 July 2020). Commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune

Listen again to our live interview with researcher/historian Mamadou Faye, a young Seereer knowledgable and passionate about Seereer history especially the history of Siin. Mamadou Faye is taking social media by storm especially with his consistent video content on YouTube on matters relating to the history of Siin and its royal dynasties. This is the first part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune (18 July 1867) - also known as the Battle of Somb - where the King of Siin - Maad a Sinig Kumba Ndoofeen fa Maak Juuf defeated Maba Jaaxu Bâ and his ally forces, and the battle in which Maba was killed. On this show, the panel discusses the surprised attack of the Seereers by the Senegambian Muslim forces at Mbin o Ngor (also known as Mbetan Kerr Ngor) in April 1867. That surprised attack precipitated the historic Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Saturday, 18 July 2020

Presenters : Tamsier Joof (main), and Doudou Diouf

Interviewee : Mamadou Faye 

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof 

Subjects covered : Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune (18 July 1867) where Maad a Sinig Kumba Ndoofeen fa Maak Juuf defeated Maba Jaaxu Bâ and his ally forces, and the battle in which Maba was killed. On this show, the panel discusses the surprised attack of the Seereers by the Senegambian Muslim forces at Mbin o Ngor (also known as Mbetan Kerr Ngor) in April 1867. That surprised attack precipitated the historic Battle of Fandane-Thiouthioune. This is the first part of a series of interviews with Mamadou Faye relating to the history of Siin. 

Radio program : Cosaan Seereer

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Saturday, 18 July 2020

Location of interviewee : Siin, 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 any noisy background.

Note: You can have your say about this audio by leaving a comment. Keep it clean and relevant.

Websites :

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

*Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

*Mamadou Faye's YouTube Channel (Histoire du Sine):  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4UKaDHX0kMQ7gZSJfktwiw

Open Mike Special : Seereer Radio marks its forth anniversary (5th January 2020)

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.

On this special show, Tamsier Joof is joined by Moussoukoro Sidibé, Laity Sene and Khady Basse (commonly known as Kambul) to celebrate Seereer Radio's first anniversary. Yes! Seereer Radio is 1 year old today. Although founded on 16th November 2015, it was officially launched on 5th January 2016. Join us as we celebrate our forth anniversary - looking back at our journey from our first broadcast to the present. This is the last ever show of Tamsier Joof (our founder) as Director of Programmes. Laity Sene is Seereer Radio's new Director of Programmes. On this show, the panel also took the opportunity to ask Laity about the new changes he will be implementing as new Director. We thank Tamsier for his years of service and wish him farewell. We would also like to congratulate Laity on his new position and wish him the very best of luck.  

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Sunday, 5th January 2020

Presenter (main) : Tamsier Joof 

Panel: Laity Sene, Demba Sene, Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac), Doudou Diouf, Mamadou Fall, Diokel Laba Ngom, Arfang Bobb, and Sulaiman Ndong

Source language(s) : Wolof, Seereer and English

Subjects covered : The On this special show, Tamsier Joof is joined by Laity Sene, Demba Sene, Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac), Doudou Diouf, Mamadou Fall, Diokel Laba Ngom, Arfang Bobb, and Sulaiman Ndong to celebrate Seereer Radio's forth anniversary. Join us as we celebrate our forth anniversary - looking back at our journey from our first broadcast to the present. This is the last ever show of Tamsier Joof (our founder) as Director of Programmes. Laity Sene is Seereer Radio's new Director of Programmes. On this show, the panel also took the opportunity to ask Laity about the new changes he will be implementing as new Director. We thank Tamsier for his years of service and wish him farewell. We would also like to congratulate Laity on his new position and wish him the very best of luck.  

Radio programme : Open Mike

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : Sunday, 5th January 2020

Medium : Audio recording

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

Jeetaay : Presented by DJ Mac (Thursday, 28 March 2019)

Jeetaay is an informal phone-in, e-mail or text-in talk show where you contact the studio and chat with the presenter about anything and everything.  However, for the next few months (as from January 2019), we will be giving a new twist to this show. For the next few months, Seereer Radio's presenters will be bringing up topics on Seereer Radio Presenters' WhatsApp group chat to be discussed each week by all our presenters and special guests.

Our presenters rotate each week and take the role of main presenter. The main presenter will then bring up topics to be discussed by his/her co-presenters. Discussions closes by 15:00 GMT every Wednesday. These audio messages are then edited and broadcast on Seereer Radio every Thursday night at 21:00 GMT. The entire show is by WhatsApp - 100%. There will be little editing prior to broadcasting on Seereer Radio because we want to keep the raw and authentic feel of a typical WhatsApp group chat. We are currently experimenting with some of our shows using WhatsApp. We are one of the first Senegambian radio stations (online or frequency) to use this format -100%. WhatsApp is one of the major messaging services used by most Senegambians. We will be utilising this format once a week for the next couple of months mixed with our usual live broadcast format. 

This Jeetaay Show was recorded from 25th to 27th March 2019 and broadcast on Seereer Radio on Thursday, 28th March 2019 at 21:00 GMT. 

The main presenter was Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac). On this show, the panel discusses the societal, legal and religious difficulties surrounding inheritance in Senegambia and Africa in general.

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Thursday, 28th March 2019

Main Presenter :  Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac)

Panel :  Tamsier JoofDoudou DioufLaye Khan Jallow (LKJ)Laity SeneMamadou Fall, Arfang Bobb, Diokel Laba Ngom, Imam Aboubacar Khah, and Oustaz Ebrima Ndiaye

Editor : Tamsier Joof

Source language(s) : Wolof and Seereer 

Subjects covered :

On this show, the panel discusses the societal, legal and religious difficulties surrounding inheritance in Senegambia and Africa in general.

Radio programme : Jeetaay

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 25th to 27th March 2019

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 entire show is by WhatsApp - 100%. There is little editing prior to broadcasting on Seereer Radio because we want to keep the raw and authentic feel of a typical WhatsApp group chat. Therefore, there is bound to be lack of flow in some audios, and background noise in others. Our apologies. 

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

Jeetaay : Presented by Laye Khan Jallow (LKJ). Thursday, 14 March 2019

Jeetaay is an informal phone-in, e-mail or text-in talk show where you contact the studio and chat with the presenter about anything and everything.  However, for the next few months (as from January 2019), we will be giving a new twist to this show. For the next few months, Seereer Radio's presenters will be bringing up topics on Seereer Radio Presenters' WhatsApp group chat to be discussed each week by all our presenters and special guests.

Our presenters rotate each week and take the role of main presenter. The main presenter will then bring up topics to be discussed by his/her co-presenters. Discussions closes by 15:00 GMT every Wednesday. These audio messages are then edited and broadcast on Seereer Radio every Thursday night at 21:00 GMT. The entire show is by WhatsApp - 100%. There will be little editing prior to broadcasting on Seereer Radio because we want to keep the raw and authentic feel of a typical WhatsApp group chat. We are currently experimenting with some of our shows using WhatsApp. We are one of the first Senegambian radio stations (online or frequency) to use this format -100%. WhatsApp is one of the major messaging services used by most Senegambians. We will be utilising this format once a week for the next couple of months mixed with our usual live broadcast format. 

This Jeetaay Show was recorded from 10th to 12th March 2019 and broadcast on Seereer Radio on Thursday, 14th March 2019 at 21:00 GMT. 

The main presenter was Laye Khan Jallow (LKJ). On this show, LKJ asked if there are any benefits to local and international migration?

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Thursday, 14th March 2019

Main Presenter :  Laye Khan Jallow (LKJ)

Panel :  Mamadou Fall, Tamsier JoofDoudou DioufMacaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac)Sulayman Ndong and Arfang Bobb.  

Editor : Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac)

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof 

Subjects covered : On this show, LKJ asked if there are any benefits to local and international migration?

 

Radio programme : Jeetaay

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 10th to 12th March 2019

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 entire show is by WhatsApp - 100%. There is little editing prior to broadcasting on Seereer Radio because we want to keep the raw and authentic feel of a typical WhatsApp group chat. Therefore, there is bound to be lack of flow in some audios, and background noise in others. Our apologies. 

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

Jeetaay : Presented by Doudou Diouf (Thursday, 7th March 2019) - controversy and fall outs

Jeetaay is an informal phone-in, e-mail or text-in talk show where you contact the studio and chat with the presenter about anything and everything.  However, for the next few months (as from January 2019), we will be giving a new twist to this show. For the next few months, Seereer Radio's presenters will be bringing up topics on Seereer Radio Presenters' WhatsApp group chat to be discussed each week by all our presenters and special guests.

Our presenters rotate each week and take the role of main presenter. The main presenter will then bring up topics to be discussed by his/her co-presenters. Discussions closes by 15:00 GMT every Wednesday. These audio messages are then edited and broadcast on Seereer Radio every Thursday night at 21:00 GMT. The entire show is by WhatsApp - 100%. There will be little editing prior to broadcasting on Seereer Radio because we want to keep the raw and authentic feel of a typical WhatsApp group chat. We are currently experimenting with some of our shows using WhatsApp. We are one of the first Senegambian radio stations (online or frequency) to use this format -100%. WhatsApp is one of the major messaging services used by most Senegambians. We will be utilising this format once a week for the next couple of months mixed with our usual live broadcast format. 

This Jeetaay Show was recorded from 28th February to 6th March 2019 and broadcast on Seereer Radio on Thursday, 8th March 2019 at 21:00 GMT. There was no Jeetaay show last week due to our coverage of Senegal's Presidential Elections. Our apologies.  

The main presenter was Doudou Diouf. The content of this show was not planned. As you can hear at the beginning of this audio - right after Doudou Diouf's introduction, Mamadou Fall was congratulating President Macky Sall's APR supporters for winning the election.  Following Mamadou Fall's audio, Tamsier Joof joined in and stated that as a broadcaster, he will remain neutral and will not congratulate any party. He then followed that audio by leaving a WhatsApp text in the group which reads: 

"Having said that, none of the political parties addressed the Seereer issue. Something which concerns me greatly. In light of the fact that most of Senegal's revenue derives from agriculture, a sector dominated by the Seereer (the bread basket of Senegal), it concerns me that the Seereer are among the poorest in Senegal yet none of the political parties have policies in place to address this issue."

After that text message, Doudou Diouf jumped in an left an audio co-signing Tamsier's text message. He then went on to state that the Seereer nowadays do not support one another, do not care about their community and are only interested interested in supporting political parties or presidential candidates if it helps to fill up their own pockets. Following, Doudou's audio, Tamsier jumped in and co-signed Doudou's audio by leaving the following text message:

"The Seereer make up [the] political elite of Senegal yet their community is the poorest. I'm so done with this. You are right. How can anyone support a group who do not even support their own?"

This is how the show started - resulting in an intense debate among the panelists. During the course of the debate, one of the panelists took issue with a word used by another panelist which he thought was directed at him. As a result, he left the group and Tamsier had to call him privately and persuaded him to rejoin the group. You will hear all this drama unfold in this audio. After all that drama, there was an announcement that one of the regular panelists has a new baby girl. Can you guess which one?

After the recording of this show, Doudou Diouf (the supposed anchor of this week's show) had to record an introduction which you can hear in the beginning - broadcast in Seereer.  This show was not planned. 

Date of first broadcast on Seereer Radio : Thursday, 8th March 2019

Main Presenter :  Doudou Diouf

Panel :  Mamadou Fall, Laity Sene, Tamsier JoofLaye Khan Jallow (LKJ)Macaire Ndiaye (DJ Mac)Sulayman Ndong. Diokel Laba Ngom 

Editor : Tamsier Joof

Source language(s) : Seereer and Wolof 

Subjects covered : 

This Jeetaay Show was recorded from 28th February to 6th March 2019 and broadcast on Seereer Radio on Thursday, 8th March 2019 at 21:00 GMT. There was no Jeetaay show last week due to our coverage of Senegal's Presidential Elections. Our apologies.  

The main presenter was Doudou Diouf. The content of this show was not planned. As you can hear at the beginning of this audio - right after Doudou Diouf's introduction, Mamadou Fall was congratulating President Macky Sall's APR supporters for winning the election.  Following Mamadou Fall's audio, Tamsier Joof joined in and stated that as a broadcaster, he will remain neutral and will not congratulate any party. He then followed that audio by leaving a WhatsApp text in the group which reads: 

"Having said that, none of the political parties addressed the Seereer issue. Something which concerns me greatly. In light of the fact that most of Senegal's revenue derives from agriculture, a sector dominated by the Seereer (the bread basket of Senegal), it concerns me that the Seereer are among the poorest in Senegal yet none of the political parties have policies in place to address this issue."

After that text message, Doudou Diouf jumped in an left an audio co-signing Tamsier's text message. He then went on to state that the Seereer nowadays do not support one another, do not care about their community and are only interested interested in supporting political parties or presidential candidates if it helps to fill up their own pockets. Following, Doudou's audio, Tamsier jumped in and co-signed Doudou's audio by leaving the following text message:

"The Seereer make up [the] political elite of Senegal yet their community is the poorest. I'm so done with this. You are right. How can anyone support a group who do not even support their own?"

This is how the show started - resulting in an intense debate among the panelists. During the course of the debate, one of the panelists took issue with a word used by another panelist which he thought was directed at him. As a result, he left the group and Tamsier had to call him privately and persuaded him to rejoin the group. You will hear all this drama unfold in this audio. After all that drama, there was an announcement that one of the regular panelists has a new baby girl. Can you guess which one?

Further questions:

1. Did any of Senegal's presidential candidates or their parties had policies in place directly addressing Seereer poverty despite the Seereer community being the bread basket of Senegal?

2. Do this generation of Seereers support one another? Historically, Seereers had always supported one another and where known for that by other Senegambian ethnic groups. However, what about this generation? Do they support the community?

3. Is asking political parties or presidential candidates to have policies in place in order to alleviate poverty among the Seereer encouraging tribalism or is it a legitimate request to make in light of the fact that, the Seereer people and their territories dominate Senegalese agriculture which according to the World Bank is the biggest revenue generator for Senegal? In other words, is it fair to ask Seereer communities to use their land and physical labour to generate wealth for the country yet they still remain among the poorest? What do you think?

4. Has the Seereer elite failed the Seereer community? If yes, why? 

Radio programme : Jeetaay

Radio station : Seereer Radio

Owner : The Seereer Resource Centre (SRC)

Collection : The SRC Collection

Date of recording : 28th February to 6th March 2019

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 entire show is by WhatsApp - 100%. There is little editing prior to broadcasting on Seereer Radio because we want to keep the raw and authentic feel of a typical WhatsApp group chat. Therefore, there is bound to be lack of flow in some audios, and background noise in others. Our apologies. Note that this show is very controversial. If you are easily offended, please do not listen. 

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Websites :

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

Seereer Radio - www.seereerradio.com

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