T+L Reports: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Published: April 2009
By Sarah Forrest
The most exuberant record we’ve heard in ages was born in a bleak African refugee camp. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars—nine musicians, aged 19 to 49—came together as exiles in a muddy tent in Guinea, where they began laying Marleyesque messages of hope over a sinuous, impossibly joyful mix of West African goombay, reggae, and hip-hop. After some headline-stealing shows, including a house-shaking set at Washington’s Kennedy Center, the group released their debut album, Living Like a Refugee (Anti-Records), in September. Now they’re on a multicity North American tour (click on rosebudus.com/refugeeallstars for dates). Book your tickets and go move your feet for a good cause.