Sierra Leon's Refugee All-Stars to Tour
Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:47:18
The globally acclaimed Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have premiered their new song "Mother In Law." It is the first single from their third studio album Radio Salone, set for release April 24, 2012, on Cumbancha. Head here to stream or download the track for free!
In other news, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars – one of Africa's most lauded and active touring bands – have announced that they will be bringing their vibrant live show to North America in the coming months. The band will begin their run of select headlining shows and festival dates in San Diego, CA on May 18, and will play the uplifting songs from Radio Salone for their adoring fans from coast to coast, including stops in Kansas City, Memphis and Iowa City and live sets at the Joshua Tree Music Festival on May 19, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on July 1 and The Gaia Festival in Laytonville, CA on August 4.
Radio Salone marks the band's most musically sophisticated and virtuosic collection of songs to date, featuring a definitive vintage African vibe and intricate dub elements that connect traditional West African sounds with roots reggae in ways that the band has never before explored.
Having persevered through the horrors of the Sierra Leone civil war, band leader Reuben Koroma and the group continue to evolve musically in exciting ways, well past their jam sessions in the Guinean refugee camps and the 2005 documentary that launched them onto a global platform. Their music is ever rife with hopeful messages and joyful rhythms. From the ashes of war, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix and have gone on to spread hope and healing through music.
May 18th San Diego CA @ Anthology (headline)
May 19th Joshua Tree, CA @ Joshua Tree Music Festival
May 22nd Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Sol (headline)
May 24th Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads (with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Orgone)
May 25th Iowa City, IA @ Englert Civic Theater (with Orgone)
May 31st Memphis, TN @ Levitt Shell at Overton Park (headline)
June 17th Arlington, TX @ Levitt Pavilion (headline)
July 1st Toronto, ON @ TD Toronto Jazz Festival
July 10th Montreal , QC @ Festival Nuits d'Afrique
August 4th Laytonville, CA @ The Gaia Festival
September 8th Bowling Green, OH @ Black Swamp Arts Festival
Are you going to check out Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars?