Hygienic Art

SERIOUS FUN with SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS

Event Details

SERIOUS FUN with SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS

Time: August 17, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: The Art Park
Street: 79 Bank Street
City/Town: New London
Website or Map: http://sierraleonesrefugeeall…
Phone: 860-443-8001
Event Type: serious, fun, world, music, concert
Organized By: Hygienic Art
Latest Activity: Jun 24

Export to Outlook or iCal (.ics)

Event Description

Tickets Now Available: Click Here To Purchase Tickets 

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.


Throughout the 1990s, the West African country of Sierra Leone was wracked with a bloody, horrifying war that forced millions to flee their homes. The musicians that would eventually form Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are all originally from Freetown, and they were forced to leave the capital city at various times after violent rebel attacks. Most of those that left the country made their way into neighboring Guinea, some ending up in refugee camps and others struggling to fend for themselves in the capital city of Conakry.

Ruben Koroma and his wife Grace had left Sierra Leone in 1997 and found themselves in the Kalia refugee camp near the border with Sierra Leone. When it became clear they would not be heading back to their homeland anytime soon, they joined up with guitarist Francis John Langba (aka Franco), and bassistIdrissa Bangura (aka Mallam), other musicians in the camp whom they had known before the war, to entertain their fellow refugees. After a Canadian relief agency donated two beat up electric guitars, a single microphone and a meager sound system, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars were born.


American filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White encountered the band in the Sembakounya Camp, and were so inspired by their story they ended up following them for three years as they moved from camp to camp, bringing much needed joy to fellow refugees with their heartfelt performances. Eventually, the war in Sierra Leone came to an end, and over time the All Stars returned to Freetown, where they met other returning musicians who joined the band’s rotating membership. It was there in the tin-roofed shacks of Freetown’s ghettos that Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars recorded the tracks that ended up, along with unplugged recordings made in the refugee camps, being the basis for their debut album, Living Like a Refugee, which was released on the label Anti in 2006.

The movie, album and eventual U.S. tours helped expand their following, and soon the band found itself playing in front of enraptured audiences of tens of thousands at New York’s Central Park SummerStage, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and the revered Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. They appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, contributed a song to the Blood Diamond film soundtrack, participated in the U2 tribute album In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2, and earned praise and backing from Sir Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Ice Cube, Angelina Jolie and others inspired by their life-affirming story and captivating music. In one of the most surreal moments of their climb to fame, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars opened for Aerosmith at the 12,000-capacity Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Comment Wall

Comment

RSVP for SERIOUS FUN with SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL STARS to add comments!

Join Hygienic Art

Comment by Hygienic Art on June 7, 2014 at 12:10pm

Attending (1)

Latest Activity

Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

CALL FOR ARTIST PORTFOLIOS & SHOW CONCEPTS FOR EXHIBITIONS IN 2015 at Hygienic Art Galleries

July 25, 2014 at 1pm to August 31, 2014 at 11:45pm
Hygienic Art Galleries is currently accepting show concepts and portfolio submissions for the 2015…See More
1 hour ago
Hygienic Art's event was featured
Thumbnail

I FEEL BAD at Hygienic Art Galleries

August 8, 2014 at 7pm to September 6, 2014 at 6pm
Casey Spectacular, and his fellow witches, brings us on a journey of sadness, through a world of…See More
yesterday
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

I FEEL BAD at Hygienic Art Galleries

August 8, 2014 at 7pm to September 6, 2014 at 6pm
Casey Spectacular, and his fellow witches, brings us on a journey of sadness, through a world of…See More
yesterday
Hygienic Art's event was featured
Thumbnail

SERIOUS FUN with ANGKOR CAMBODIAN DANCE TROUPE at Hygienic Art Park @ 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

August 10, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm
Admission is $10 and family packages are available for $25. Purchase online tickets in advance! …See More
Jul 15
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

JESSE DEE IN THE ART PARK at Hygienic Art Park

August 9, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
Tickets are available for purchase online!…See More
Jul 15
Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

SERIOUS FUN with ANGKOR CAMBODIAN DANCE TROUPE at Hygienic Art Park @ 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

August 10, 2014 from 7pm to 8pm
Admission is $10 and family packages are available for $25. Purchase online tickets in advance! …See More
Jul 15
bart jeczmienny posted a photo
Jul 14
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

THE BASEBALL PROJECT with THE ZAMBONIS at Hygienic Art Park

July 22, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm
Jul 14
Hygienic Art updated an event
Thumbnail

TRADITIONS at Hygienic Art Park

July 19, 2014 from 5pm to 11pm
Tickets available for advance purchase online:…See More
Jul 11
Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

I FEEL BAD at Hygienic Art Galleries

August 8, 2014 at 6pm to September 6, 2014 at 6pm
Casey Spectacular, and his fellow witches, brings us on a journey of sadness, through a world of…See More
Jul 9
Hygienic Art's 6 events were featured
Jul 8
Hygienic Art posted events
Jul 8
Hygienic Art's event was featured
Thumbnail

JESSE DEE IN THE ART PARK at Hygienic Art Park

August 9, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
Tickets are available for purchase online!…See More
Jul 6
Hygienic Art posted an event
Thumbnail

JESSE DEE IN THE ART PARK at Hygienic Art Park

August 9, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
Tickets are available for purchase online!…See More
Jul 6
Stephanie Sutera is attending Hygienic Art's event
Thumbnail

THE CAN KICKERS, PAUL BROCKETT ROADSHOW and THE MACLEAN SISTERS at Hygienic Art Park 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

July 5, 2014 from 7pm to 11pm
The Can Kickers return to the Northeast for their first show of 2014 and are joining forces with…See More
Jul 4
Stephanie Sutera is attending Hygienic Art's event
Thumbnail

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE at Hygienic Art Galleries

July 5, 2014 at 7pm to August 2, 2014 at 6pm
Erotic art shows are far, few and in between. Erotic art seems a strange genre to discriminate…See More
Jul 4

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Thomas Mitchell.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service