Conquest Presents... Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars w/ Special Guests Thurs. August 16 Wild Buffalo $18 advance
The globally acclaimed Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars hit the road in support of third studio album, Radio Salone. Produced by roots reggae, soul and Afrobeat guru Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, (Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Easy Star All Stars, Antibalas) and recorded in all analog at Brooklyn's Dunham Studios, Radio Salone marks the band's most musically sophisticated collection of songs to date. The album is the follow-up to the band's 2010 album Rise & Shine, which was the #1 album of the year on the World Music Charts Europe.
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, compelling and 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 have collaborated with in concert and in the studio.
SLRAS has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show (along with our boy Leonardo DiCaprio! He was promoting Blood Diamond, which is set in Sierra Leone), CNN International; PBS's P.O.V. Series and CBS Sunday Morning as well as NPR's World Café and a special piece with vocalist Black Nature on MTV's Cause Effect.
This band's story is incredible and they are great live! All the members of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars lived in or near Sierra Leone's capital city before fleeing Freetown during the country's decade-long civil war.
The group's story is told in 'Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars', one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the past few years. The film traces their incredible journey from escaping their native Sierra Leone in West Africa during that country's brutal ten year civil war, through some of the horrors that followed and along the way proving the healing power of their music. The band completed a triumphant seven week tour of the US, Canada and Japan this summer with featured sets at Bonnaroo, Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, headlining Summerstage in New York's Central Park among other jazz, folk, rock and world music festivals proving the breadth of their appeal.