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Where to start? I’ve got so many links, I just couldn’t leave one out. You may have heard the story of this group, but if any bears repeating, it is theirs. I can’t do justice with words, but I will bring you a link to their music.
This week I am featuring THE SIERRA LEONE REFUGEE ALL STARS or alternately Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. This group started off with just two members as you’ll see in the YouTube clip, but developed into a group of six musicians. The group was born of the strife from the civil war in their homeland of Sierra Leone in Western Africa. They fled from their homeland in the capital city to neighboring Guinea where the music sprang forth. A documentary was made of the group while in the refugee camp which brought the group its well deserved worldwide attention. The following clip shows the simplicity of their roots. Give a listen to all the links, they will alternately make you cry for their loss and shed tears of joy from their infectious roots as roots gets Reggae beat.
Click this link to be transported to the magic of their music and view information about their 90 minute documentary which will be aired on your local PBS station on June 26, 2007 at 10 PM.
Here are two excellent links to hear their music – the first is an NPR story dating back to 2005 and the second is to their MySpace page. Please click both where you will see additional information and really get to hear their beautiful music.
And as always, have a great weekend.
~ DJ LAMPSHA
spinning out of control since 2006
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