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January 24, 2021
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Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars

By Alexandra Glorioso
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Sat., May 28, 8 p.m.: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ 2nd studio album, Rise & Shine, was released last year by Cumbancha. The disc was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos (Michelle Shocked, Faith No More, Angelique Kidjo, Rickie Lee Jones, Susan Tedeschi). The CD was recorded at Piety Street studio in New Orleans with local musicians Trombone Shorty, Washboard Chaz and Bonerama all guesting on the album.

Formed in a refugee camp during Sierra Leone’s civil war, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ incredible story is documented in the award winning, emotionally-driven film, “Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.” Initial support for the film came from executive producers Steve Bing and Shelley Lazar as well as Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, and Angelina Jolie.

The resulting studio album, Living Like A Refugee (Anti Records 2006), is one of the most acclaimed world music releases of the past few years, garnering the band international acclaim and high profile fans including Aerosmith, who the All Stars collaborated with in concert and in the studio. SLRAS has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show; CNN International; PBS’s P.O.V. Series and CBS Sunday Morning as well as NPR’s World Cafe and a special piece with vocalist Black Nature on MTV’s Cause Effect. The group collaborated with Aerosmith on the certified Gold Record, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur as well as their own special appearances on In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 and on the soundtrack for the quintuple Oscar Nominated and Golden Globe Nominated film, Blood Diamond.


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