Friday, May 22, 2009

"My Lovely Elizabeth" - S. E. Rogers - Palm Wine Music

S. E. Rogers [Souliman Ernest Rogers] or "Rogie" as he was also known as was a popular, contemporary, and secular guitar player and singer in Sierra Leone. I suspect that he came from near Pujehun in the Southern Province (I judge this from his last name Rogers which was common to that area). I enjoyed his soft voice and his uncomplicated words and tunes. His songs were a mix of English, Krio, and Mende. In the 1960's he was quite popular. Eventually moving to the States he has since passed away. I did acquire several "45's" while in Sierra Leone, and a friend, Allieu B. Massaquoi did give me this song "My Lovely Elizabeth" when he visited long ago. Here it is for you to listen to. Enjoy!

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