No rapper's backstory comes close to matching that of Sierra Leone's
Refugee All Stars'. First, its members had to flee Freetown, the
ironically titled capital of their titular home country, after rebels
descended on it in a fusillade of hot metal. Then the group had to
haul ass outta their refugee camp in Guinea, because the army decided
it was high time to visit yet more cruelty on the landless miserables.
Luckily for them and us, however, the All Stars met some cool Canucks,
who gave them equipment (and, along with a pair of Americans, filmed a
doc on their lives) so they could deliver their reggae-splashed, West
Africanrooted, peace-loving music. Their sound reinforces the idea
that, while we may come screaming into this world, we can leave
singing. KEVIN CAPP
Listen to a sample of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' "I'm Not a Fool."
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