The reputation of West Africa’s hottest band, the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, hasn’t stopped growing since the release of their first album “Living Like A Refugee” in 2006.
The charismatic group have risen fast through the ranks of the world music scene, and have acted as great ambassadors, showing a new image for Sierra Leone through their highly infectious and uplifting music.
The band have enjoyed rave reviews, from “The New York Times” to “Newsweek” magazine, a spot on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and a showering of praise from the likes of Angelina Jolie, Ice Cube, Paul McCartney, and U2.
During their multiple stop tour across Europe, USA and Canada promoting the release of their third album “Radio Salone”, we caught up with Reuben Koroma, one of the original founders of the group, at the Mar de Musicas festival, in Cartagena, Spain.
The group broke with the norms of modern music production, choosing vintage analogue instead of digital to record their new album.
The new album is the band’s best to date, successfully continuing to build on the authentic fusion of traditional Sierra Leonean music delivered with both humour and a strong social message.
“Eat all the meat and leave the bone”, the funny video and thought provoking lyrics from the track “Big Fat Dog”, caught the attention of an aid agency for use as part of an awareness campaign.
The band’s indubitable talent and charisma has seemingly set off a worldwide interest in Sierra Leonean music and culture and today there are many rising stars now contributing to offer a richer vision of the country.