Refugee All Stars
Refugee All Stars
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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