S.E. Rogie

S.E. Rogie (Sooliman Ernest Rogers) was one of Sierra Leone's most enduring and popular recording artists. His inimitably warm and loving musical style, called Palm Wine music (for listening pleasure whilst enjoying Palm Wine) was developed during the course of a career spanning nearly 50 years.

Since leaving Sierra Leone in the early 1970’s, Rogie lived both in the USA and the UK, returning only much later to the country of his birth to play a series of benefit concerts for people displaced by the political turmoil of 1993. By the time of his homecoming his fame has spread far beyond the boundaries of West Africa.

His last recording Dead Men Don’t Smoke Marijuana was released in May 1994 by Real World Records. It has since become a classic of world music.

Rogie was born in 1926 and began performing early, while supporting himself as a tailor. In the 1960s, he became a professional musician, singing in four languages. His hits include ‘Koneh Pehlawo’, ‘Go Easy with Me’ and ‘My Lovely Elizabeth’. He formed a band called The Morningstars in 1965, then travelled in Liberia and the United States. In the US, he performed at elementary and high schools across California, and received awards from the US Congress and Senate, the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, California. He lived in London from 1988.

S.E Rogie died on 4 July 1994, aged sixty-eight.

 

Further reading

NTS Work in Progress 2021: artist development opportunity

Included in the offer for successful applicants is studio time at Real World Studios.

A Lantern and a Bell by Loney dear out today

A Lantern and a Bell is the eighth studio album by Emil Svanängen, a.k.a. Loney dear.

Track of the day: ‘Curfew’ by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

'Curfew' is taken from the forthcoming album M'berra, out on 23 April 2021.

A Lantern and a Bell: Track by Track

Emil Svanängen a.k.a. Loney dear and producer Emanuel Lundgren discuss the new album.