What does CHAM CHAM mean?

If you never made it to a CHAM CHAM Supper Club (oh, those were the days…)  you’ll most  likely not know what cham cham means.

In Krio, the most widely spoken second language by the majority of Liberians and Sierra Leoneans, cham cham in the literal sense means to chew.  But if you were to arrive at someone’s house, go to a bar, or go to a party in Salone and Liberia and ask, ‘Yu get lili cham cham?’ you’d be asking for a small bite or snack to cham on.  At home or at a bar this may be some granat (peanuts), but at a party you’d be served lili cham cham such as ros bif or akara.

Although the word has always been a part of my vocabulary, a little Google search a few years back when starting out, led me to find out the term is commonly used in many different cultures and languages. So, it seems, everyone needs a bit of CHAM CHAM in their lives!

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