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S.E Rogie, Palm Wine Maringa Guitarist of Sierra Leone

That old palm wine music..

S.E Rogie is one of the big names in Maringa or palm wine music of Sierra Leone, so named as musicians would tend to get sloshed on alcohol made from the sap of the palm tree when they got together to jam.

Maringa evolved with the guitars brought by Portuguese sailors and was adapted to include local melodies and influences of calypso music from Trinidad.

S.E Rogie was born in the 1940’s and was a key cultural figure when Sierra Leone gained independence, his rich voice and smooth guitar playing earning him a place deep in the West African heart.

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