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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • UPC: 890846001183
  • Catalog Number: 18
  • Sales rank: 141,863

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Muloma (Let Us Be United) (4:53)
  2. 2 Global Threat (5:12)
  3. 3 Oruwiebie/Magazine Bobo Medley (2:52)
  4. 4 Living Stone (4:54)
  5. 5 Dununya (3:16)
  6. 6 Jah Mercy (4:01)
  7. 7 Tamagbondorsu (6:04)
  8. 8 Bute Vange (2:23)
  9. 9 Jah Come Down (5:21)
  10. 10 Bend Down the Corner (4:54)
  11. 11 Goat Smoke Pipe (2:49)
  12. 12 Gbrr Mani (4:40)
  13. 13 Watching All Your Ways (4:12)
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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
Lane Gibson Mastering
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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