Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine

by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
     
 
As their name implies, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are refugees who came together in West Africa. Recorded in their homeland and in New Orleans -- another place torn apart, albeit for different reasons -- the debut disc they've created is a very powerful mix of rootsy West African music and reggae. Some of it is

Overview

As their name implies, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are refugees who came together in West Africa. Recorded in their homeland and in New Orleans -- another place torn apart, albeit for different reasons -- the debut disc they've created is a very powerful mix of rootsy West African music and reggae. Some of it is very rooted, like the drumming and singing of the opening "Muloma" or "Oruwiebie Magazine Bobo Medley," while the deliciously lengthy "Tamagbnodorsu" comes across like high-energy soukous, powered by some wonderful guitar. Reggae is the heartbeat of this album, drawing inspiration not only from Bob Marley but also the deeper spiritual strains of Burning Spear, whose influence can be heard on "Jah Come Down." But "Global Threat" and "Jah Mercy" stand as strong testaments of African reggae, and "Gbrr Mani" edges into an interesting African/dancehall mix. Whatever style they're using, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have a lot to say, and they say it very eloquently indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Cumbancha
UPC:
0890846001183
catalogNumber:
18
Rank:
165369

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars   Primary Artist
Christopher Davies   Percussion,Drums
Craig Klein   Trombone
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Chris Velan   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Efuah Grace Ampomah   Group Member
Idrissa "Malam" Bangura   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Mohammed "Funky" Bangura   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Abdul Rahim "Arahim" Kamara   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alhaji Jeffrey "Black Nature" Kamara   Percussion,Background Vocals,Rap,Group Member
Reuben M. Koroma   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Francis John "Franco" Langba   Vocals,Kongoma,Group Member
Ashade Pearce   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Greg Hicks   Trombone
Troy Andews   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Alpha Keita   Guitar,Vocals
Jahson Gbassay Bull   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mohamed "Makengoh" Kamara   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mark Bingham   Engineer
Steve Berlin   Producer
Kevin Morris   Management
Mark Mullins   Horn Arrangements
Jacob Edgar   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Wesley Fontenot   Engineer
Chris Velan   Engineer
Idrissa "Malam" Bangura   Arranger
Mohammed "Funky" Bangura   Arranger
Reuben M. Koroma   Composer
Francis John "Franco" Langba   Composer
Zach Niles   Management
Banker White   Creative Consultant
Christine Stauder   Management
Alpha Keita   Composer
Alex Reiser   Producer,Engineer
Aboubacar Sidi Touré   Engineer
Jahson Gbassay Bull   Composer
Mohamed "Makengoh" Kamara   Composer
Tim O'Malley   Artwork

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