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New Meetup: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Performing in Pittsburgh on the South Side

From: meg
Sent on: Monday, September 6, 2010 8:35 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Pittsburgh Cultural Arts Meetup Group!

What: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Performing in Pittsburgh on the South Side

When: Thursday, September 9,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Rex Theatre
1602 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Sierra Leone?s Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was being racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, audiences around the world have embraced the band and their utterly extraordinary story. On their forthcoming album, Rise & Shine, the All Stars? sound, as well as their biography, evolves further; the music finds them ?establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story? (The Los Angeles Times).

The band members are broadly diverse in age and character, although they possess a strong bond forged through common experiences and values: They all know war and have struggled to survive in one of the world?s poorest countries, and they share an unwavering belief in the transformative power of music. The current lineup of the band was cemented when Reuben M. Koroma, the sage songwriter and guiding light of the group, returned home from the refugee camps, joined by Black Nature, an orphaned teenaged rapper; Mohammed Bangura, who suffered amputation at the hands of rebels; and Francis John Langba. Back in Sierra Leone, they reunited with family, friends and former band mates Ashade Pearce, Jah Son Bull and Makengo Kamara ?many of whom they believed not to have survived the violence.

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