Seereer Heritage Press
Seereer Heritage Press

Tamsier Joof

Tamsier Joof is the founder of the Seereer Resource Centre (SRC), an organisation he conceived in 2008. For nearly thirty years, he has documented and preserved several documents and artefacts relating to the history and culture of the Seereer and Senegambian people, and has interviewed many notable Senegambian personalities, scholars and oral historians (many of whom are no longer with us) about the history and culture of the Seereer and Senegambian people. He is also the founder of Seereer Radio™ and Seereer Heritage Press. These two organisations together with the SRC aim to document and preserve Seereer and Senegambian history, culture and traditions. 

 

Tamsier has been a strong advocate for the preservation of Seereer culture, history and traditions and strongly believes that for one to truly understand and appreciate Seereer culture and history, one must first understand Seereer religion and the languages of the Seereer people in their authentic - undiluted forms. He believes that true Seereer culture and history are hidden in Seereer religion and languages, and anyone with an open mind can decipher them. Tamsier has spent over 20 years in the education sector as a school teacher and university lecturer, and has put over 20 years of his teaching experience into the SRC's Learn a Seereer Language series.  As the author of this syllabus, Tamsier knows how people learn, what motivates them and the limits to their motivation. "A minimum of 30 minutes a day would result in great improvement" Tamsier said.  

 

Along with writing for Seereer Heritage Press, he is also the main presenter of Seereer Radio's Cosaan Seereer programme - a weekly cultural programme where notable Seereer historians, scholars and artists are interviewed on matters relating to Seereer history, culture and traditional religion. He is also a regular panelist on the Open Mike programme hosted by Mamadou Fall. You can listen to all previous radio shows hosted by Tamsier on Seereer Radio and the SRC's joint podcast by visiting this page.

 

Books

 

The Learn a Seereer Language series

 

Our Learn a Seereer Lanaguage series are available in English and will be made available in French very soon. Click on the Learn more and buy your copy button for further details. The book also comes with a corresponding audio CD, and both the book and CD are downloadable in PDF and MP4. See Audio Books and Downloads below. If you are buying any book or e-book from the Learn a Seereer Language series, it is advisable you get the corresponding CD or audio book as well in order to help with your pronunciation.

 

Learn to speak Seereer : The complete language course 

(English - Seereer)

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Learn to speak Ndut : The complete language course 

(English - Ndut)

Learn to speak Noon : The complete language course 

(English - Noon)

Learn to speak Sili-Sili (Palor) : The complete language course 

(English - Sili-Sili)

Learn to speak Laalaa (Lehar) : The complete language course 

(English - Laalaa)

E-books

These are the corresponding e-books for the physical books stated above. They are currently available in English and will be made available in French very soon. Visit our website for regular updates. If you are buying any book or e-book from the Learn a Seereer Language series, it is advisable you get the corresponding CD or audio book as well in order to help with your pronunciation.

 

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Audio Books

These are the corresponding audio books for the physical books and e-books stated above. They are currently in production and will be made available in English and French very soon. Visit our website for regular updates. For the Seereer Resource Centre's Learn a Seereer Language series, it is advisable to get both the physical book or e-book and the corresponding audio CD to help with your pronunciation. 

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Downloads

Our physical books and audio CDs are also available in PDF and MP3 downloads. If budget is tight or you prefer to read and listen from your own computer or device, downloading the files from our website in PDF and MP3 format respectively may be the best option. To open a PDF file, you will first need to install a PDF reader program on your computer or device. You can download it for free here then come back to our website to download the PDF file.

 

Learn to speak Saafi-Saafi : The complete language course 

(English - Saafi-Saafi)

Transcripts

 

These documents are the transcripts of the Chossanie Senegambia radio programme - from Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's joint programme "Chossanie Senegambia" (History of Senegambia, French: « l’Histoire de la Sénégambie » (Cosaani Sénégambie)). Chossanie Senegambia was a joint programme between Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal that ran from 1973 up to the 1980s. It was a historical programme where notable Senegambian historians and griots were interviewed on matters relating to the history of Senegambia (Senegal and Gambia). When the collaboration between these two radio stations came to an end, the programme was picked-up by radio and television networks from both countries and introduced it to a new and younger audience. This programme was pioneered by Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof, and our transcripts are from the original show from the 1970s to 1980s. These transcripts are in French. The corresponding English translations will be made available soon. Visit our website and the SRC's website for regular updates. 

Cosaani Sénégambie (« l’histoire de la Sénégambie »). 1ere Partie: Sohna Chenaba Saar, la famille Seck du Sénégal et la bataille de Samba Sajo (avec Macoura Mboub). 2ème Partie: l’histoire du Saluum (ou Saloum), histoire de Ama Juuf Jaame et l’histoire de la famille Samba de Gambie (descendants de Sainey Mbissin Njaay Samba) - (avec Jebal Samba).

 

In French « En français »

 

Cosaani Sénégambie (« l’histoire de la Sénégambie ») : l'Histoire du Saluum, la généalogie de la famille royale du Saluum et l’histoire de Ama Juuf Jaame (2ème partie) avec Jebal Samba.

 

In French « En français »

Cosaani Sénégambie (« l’Histoire de la Sénégambie ») avec El Hadji Demba Lamine Diouf. Dans cet enregistrement audio, El Hadji Demba Lamine Diouf du Sénégal relate l'histoire de la Sénégambie. Il parle de la signification du mot « Damel » et « Tëën » (variation: « teeñ » ou « teign »). Demba Lamine discute également de la création de plusieurs anciens villages et villes dans la région de la Sénégambie y compris Lambaye. On a également discuté de la bataille de Danki (1549) dans cet enregistrement avec l'intronisation d'Amary Ngoné Sobel Fall (roi du Cayor) et de Mbegaan Nduur (variation : Mbegane Ndour, roi du Saluum ou Saloum).

 

In French « En français »

Cosaani Sénégambie (« l’Histoire de la Sénégambie ») : « l’histoire de Banjul » avec Docteur Lamin Mbye.

 
In French « En français »

Free downloads

 

Download the folliwng for free in PDF directly from the Seereer Resource Centre's website. 

Countdown to Gambian independence - recorded 17th February 1965 by BBC World Service.

 

(In English)

Social Media and Podcast

Catch up with Tamsier on The SRC & Seereer Radio Podcast : www.seereerpodcast.org
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