The new album from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars is out now in the Americas and will be available worldwide on April 26. Rise & Shine features an uplifting blend of reggae and African grooves with a touch of New Orleans spice.
Formed in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen from the ashes of destruction to create this infectious and celebratory new record. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Angélique Kidjo, Michelle Shocked, Rickie Lee Jones and Ozomatli), Rise & Shine was recorded in Freetown, Sierra Leone and New Orleans, Louisiana. Much like the band, the residents of New Orleans know both the bitterness of exile and the redemptive power of music, and the spirit of the Crescent City permeates this uplifting album.
The band’s long awaited second album captures their indomitable courage and drive to creating a better and more peaceful world. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have recorded a special version of Bob Marley’s "No Woman, No Cry" exclusively for the forthcoming Putumayo collection Tribute to a Reggae Legend, which will be released in July 2010.
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