Led by singer-songwriter Reuben Koroma, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have evolved into road-seasoned ambassadors of peace through music since coming together in a Guinean refugee camp toward the end of their homeland’s decade-long civil war. They blend Guinea-Bissau’s zouk-influenced gumbe rhythm, palm-wine guitars, gentle folk melodies, Congolese soukous, the lilting baskeda drum sound reminiscent of Jamaica’s nyabinghi drummers, and reggae redemption songs. Also: Morning Sun & the Essentials.
Tue., Aug. 19, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 13, 2014