Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars


Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (also called Refugee All Stars) is a band from Sierra Leone which was formed by a group of refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War. Since their return to Freetown in 2004, the band has toured extensively to raise awareness for humanitarian causes. Their story is documented in the 2005 documentary film Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.

Their debut album, Living Like a Refugee, was released in Europe on September 25, 2006 and in the USA on September 26, 2006.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' second studio album, Rise & Shine, was released March 23, 2010 by Cumbancha. The disc was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The album was recorded at Piety Street Studio in New Orleans with local musicians Trombone Shorty, Washboard Chaz and Bonerama all guesting on the album.

The band's third studio album, Radio Salone, was released on April 24, 2012 by Cumbancha. The album was produced by roots reggae, soul and Afrobeat artist Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah and recorded at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Radio Salone

    Radio Salone 2012

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    A great third album, buoyed by producer Victor Axelrod.
  2. Review of Rise & Shine

    Rise & Shine 2010

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Their music emanates a life-affirming positivity.
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