Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
"I always feel very connected to the suffering of refugees because I’ve been in that life. The song is describing the refugee situation.” Reuben Koroma, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

The All Stars were propelled to fame after a documentary was made about their use of music to comfort and educate people in a Red Cross refugee camp during the Sierra Leone civil war of the nineties. Their music and spirit helped to raise morale as well as warn fellow refugees and subsequently a wider public about the realities and dangers of living in these camps.

After the release of this documentary their story was amplified by musical collaborations with the likes of Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones.

Having been supported by the Red Cross in the camp, the band were keen to contribute their unique insight to the album. Speaking from personal experience and on behalf of refugees, their track strikes an uplifting tone while conveying a straight-talking reality of why refugees flee. At moments the track relays advice to refugees themselves, encouraging all to live respectfully, to integrate, and "gain the confidence of your hosts".