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Dead Men Don't Smoke Marijuana
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Sooliman Ernest Rogers passed away in 1994 at the age of 67, shortly after the release of this mellow lullaby of an album. Born in Sierra Leone, Rogie early on discovered the convivial, melodious pleasures of the regional ... more »
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Sooliman Ernest Rogers passed away in 1994 at the age of 67, shortly after the release of this mellow lullaby of an album. Born in Sierra Leone, Rogie early on discovered the convivial, melodious pleasures of the regional "palm wine" music he perfected. Once known as "the Jimmie Rodgers of Sierra Leone," Rogie's country-tinged baritone inspired many competitors before he took off for the United States in 1973, eventually ending up in England. What Dead Men lacks in diversity Rogie more than compensates for with soul. Backed by the great British double bassist Danny Thompson and guitarist Alfred "Kari" Bannerman, Rogie conflates country, blues, and gospel in laid-back, deep-grain tracks such as "Koneh Pelawoe (Please Open Your Heart)," the country ballad "A Time in My Life," "African Gospel," and the dank title track. --Richard Gehr
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JJ Daddy-O | Savannah, GA | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I believe Mr. Rogie died soon after this album was made, which is too bad, because it's one of my favorites. If I found myself in a record store in Africa, maybe they could help me. Very mellow guitar music with incomprehensible patois lyrics. Very similar to Hawaiian slack key guitar music. Put on this CD, grab a beer and settle back in your hammock out in the yard. Enjoy!"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record will break your heart as it fills it with joy.... every time. The smooth, soft, but never saccharine or cloying work is one which you will probably play over and over and over and over again; at least I couldn't stop listening to it...."
A wonderful introduction to World Music!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent! This CD is soothing yet percolates right along. It's perfect for late night driving when my husband's asleep in the passenger seat and also for get-togethers where conversation is the ongoing focus."