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Refugee All Stars

Refugee All Stars

Refugee All Stars


With a spirited and infectious fusion of traditional West African music, roots reggae, and rhythmic traditional folk, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars craft music that transforms and uplifts. The collection of songs on their debut album Living Like a Refugee, decry the insanity of war and call out for social justice while instantly compelling you to get on your feet and dance. They have lived through unimaginable tragedy and yet Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have become an inspiration and a symbol of the healing power of music. Read more on Last.fm
With a spirited and infectious fusion of traditional West African music, roots reggae, and rhythmic traditional folk, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars craft music that transforms and uplifts. The collection of songs on their debut album Living Like a Refugee, decry the insanity of war and call out for social justice while instantly compelling you to get on your feet and dance. They have lived through unimaginable tragedy and yet Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have become an inspiration and a symbol of the healing power of music. Formed in a refugee camp in the West African nation of Guinea, all of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ members lived in or around Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city, prior to their individual departures in the late 1990’s. Although group leader Reuben M.

Koroma and future R.A.S. bandmates Franco (Francis Langba) and Arahim (Abdul Rahim Kamara) knew each other as professional musicians from different bands in Freetown and even occasionally played together in common musical circles, it wasn’t until they reconnected in Kalia Refugee Camp in Guinea that the roots of the group took shape. When Reuben, his wife Grace, and Franco began making music for their fellow refugees, their efforts were short lived when their camp came under attack. The initial band members−alongside thousands of fellow refugees−were evacuated from the area and moved to Sembakounya Refugee Camp. Set deep in the remote Guinean countryside, it was here that Reuben and Franco were able to acquire the rusted-out sound system and beat up electric guitars that helped officially launch the group. Backed by the likes of Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Angelina Jolie, and Steve Bing, the resulting documentary film, The Refugee All Stars, has won a series of major awards.

And while the film has been busy conquering the hearts of festival goers, it is the music of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars that is now prepped to win over legions of new fans. Living Like a Refugee was recorded throughout the production of the The Refugee All Stars film, between August 2002 and October 2005. Each song is an original composition written during their years in exile and the album serves as a musical document of the band’s incredible journey. Featuring field recordings from the refugee camps in Guinea as well as studio efforts at Sam Jones’ Island Studios in Freetown, these 17 tracks tell the story of life in the camps, facing hunger, and enduring the horrors of war. currently on tour, for more info go to; http://www.rosebudus.com/tourdates/refugeeallstars.html Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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