Forming in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have become one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.
The early seeds of the band were sewn in the Kalia refugee camp, where the group formed to entertain and uplift their fellow refugees. American film makers came across the band, and followed their path for three years from camp to camp. The resulting film was a critical success, and introduced the world to the dramatic stories behind the band, and their instantly appealing music. “As harrowing as these personal tales may be,” wrote The New York Times, “the music buoying them is uplifting.” Newsweek raved, “It’s as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club.”
Soon the band found themselves in front of enraptured audiences of tens of thousands from New York’s Central Park, to Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. They appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and participated in the U2 tribute album In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates. Earning praise and support from Sir Paul McCartney and Keith Richards, inspired by their life-affirming story and captivating music.
Masters of Old school Reggae, Afrobeat, classic Soul, funky African grooves and deep tribal chants. Their music embodies and radiates the joy, passion for music and love for their fellow man. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are a living testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.