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SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS
''LIVE PROSPECT PARK''
(11.08.2007-New York) @
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars released a new album & are now on tour (dates include Highline Ballroom)
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars played an intimate acoustic set at the University of Vermont's Ira Allen Chapel on Tuesday [4/6], celebrating the release of their new album "Rise and Shine", from Charlotte's Cumbancha record label, and preparing for their performance at Higher Ground's Showcase Lounge [on Wed 4/7].
About 100 people gathered in the chapel to watch a short excerpt from the film, "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, " [which tells the story of their experiences in Sierra Leone's brutal civil war and the formation of the band]....After the screening, the band came out and played a couple of songs....The band took a quick break to answer questions from the audience about their music and the film, but jumped back into more music aafter only three short questions. The pews in the Ira Allen Chapel didn't allow the audience much room to dance, but Alhadji Jeffrey Camara (aka Black Nature) took the microphone soon after the Q& A had ended and got everyone on their feet.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars kicked off their US trip, which runs into May, with a pair of shows in Burlington, Vermont.
They tour in support of their new record, Rise & Shine, which came out March 23rd on Cumbancha (and which you can preview here).
The group visits NYC for a show on Wednesday, April 14th at Highline Ballroom. Also on the bill are Bajah & The Dry Eye Crew and True Panther act and "Bubu King", Janka Nabay. Tickets are still on sale.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars formed in Sembakounya Refugee Camp in Guinea, having escaped from their native country during the devastating civil war of the 1990s. Their debut album, LIVING LIKE A REFUGEE (Anti-, September 2006), was recorded between 2002 and 2005, in the refugee camp with whatever instruments they could get their hands on as well as in a studio in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and was documented by filmmakers Banker White and Zach Niles in THE REFUGEE ALL STARS (2007), which has screened at festivals all over the world. The album consists of sixteen original songs and one traditional tune, mostly in English. They sing about peace and love, war and poverty, violence and freedom, all set to a West African beat that'll make you want to get up and dance, driven by sweet guitars, heavy bass, infectious harmonies, lots of percussion, and more than a few nods to Bob Marley.
Despite being forced away from home for far too long, they promise to "forgive and forget" on "Big Lesson, " going back to "get some love." On the gorgeous "Garbage to the Showglass, " about making it to the "biggie biggie time, " Black Nature sings, "They found us in the garbage / and put us in a showglass." The All Stars, which includes bandleader, songwriter, and lead vocalist Reuben M. Koroma, lead guitarist Ashade Pearce, drummer and percussionist Mustapha Massaquoi (Nico), and background vocalist Efuah Grace Ampomah, will be playing a series of shows in the metropolitan area, including headlining the African Festival in Prospect Park on August 11 (with Sekouba Bambino, Stella Chiweshe, Shiko Mawatu, and Baye Kouyaté et les Tougarakés), stopping by the IFC Center on August 13 for a special performance in conjunction with the benefit screening of THE REFUGEE ALL STARS documentary for the UN Refugee Agency's ninemillion.org campaign, and playing the September 6 Save the Children benefit at Lincoln Center.