SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS PARTNER WITH
THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE ON U.S. TOUR TO RAISE AWARENESS OF REFUGEES' NEEDS
BAND'S NEW ALBUM RELEASED TO ACCLAIM MARCH 23
In keeping with the theme of their acclaimed new album, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are
partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on their extensive U.S. tour, which begins next week
in Vermont. (See dates below.) The shows, which aim to raise awareness about the needs of refugees, will feature
material from the All Stars' new album, Rise & Shine.
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The All Stars first formed and performed in refugee camps in Guinea where the IRC managed school programs,
health clinics and other critical services for tens of thousands of Sierra Leoneans who escaped civil war at home. Since then, in electrifying live performances and recording experience with the likes of Aerosmith and Mavis Staples, the All Stars have
been establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching
story (The Los Angeles Times). The band's remarkable journey was documented in the multi-award winning
documentary Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, by Zach Niles and Banker
"Amid their shared experience of living as refugees [the All Stars] found a common cause to play beautiful music,
bring cheer and hope to refugees who fled a brutal war and help them forget the horrors they left behind," says International Rescue Committee spokeswoman Melissa Winkler. "Their music became an antidote
to the misery, monotony and uncertainty that Sierra Leonean refugees faced each day, and their music continues to
be an inspiration to refugees around the world."
On the upcoming tour, concertgoers will be encouraged to donate $5 to IRC programs by texting REFUGEE to 25383. The donations will help Sierra Leonean and other refugees given sanctuary in the United States to recover and
rebuild their lives here. The All Stars and Cumbancha are also donating $2 to the IRC's global humanitarian aid
programs for each copy of Rise & Shine sold through this link: www.theirc.org/shop-irc-market.
Rise & Shine is the follow up to the All Stars' debut, Living Like a Refugee, which garnered
the band international acclaim and high profile fans such as Keith Richards, Sir Paul McCartney, Angelina Jolie
and Ice Cube. On the new
album, produced by Steve Berlin (Los
Kidjo, Rickie Lee
Greene), Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have realized a unique and seamlessly coherent sound: a fusion
of traditional West African music and roots reggae, inflected with New Orleans styles.
The new album is garnering considerable critical praise, including:
"It is simply great songwriting with incredible production. None of their message - unity, cultural celebration, spiritual salvation - is lost, and so much is gained."
-The Huffington Post
"Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have tapped into the music's transformative powers... Rise & Shine is a testament to the unbreakable human spirit."
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