Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars: Rise & Shine

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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Rise & Shine


Recruited from West African refugee camps, the All Stars play a mixture of styles.

“Global Threat” is a sturdy reggae conflation of climate change, environmental degradation and military conflict. “Muloma” begins in a clatter of percussion and takes off into sprightly central African chiming guitars.

Elsewhere, there are traditional initiation songs, all drumming and call-and-response and chirpy Manding anthems. “Goat Smoke Pipe” is sly highlife political satire. A boisterous rap amid the slurping horns of “Grrr Mani” provides the most modern moment.

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