Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

8/2/07: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Salt Lake City, UT – A camp filled with refugees from a bloody civil war may seem an unlikely place for music to flourish. But when Reuben Koroma and Franco met one another in the Kalia Refugee Camp, the sounds they made provided a welcome distraction for their countrymen. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars played from camp to camp, back in their home in Freetown, and eventually in the United States. The band will be in Salt Lake this Sunday, and Jennifer Napier-Pearce is joined by Koroma and filmmaker Zach Niles to talk about music and its unique power to tell a difficult story.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars will perform Sunday, August 5 at the Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:00. For more information, click here or call 587-9939.

Purchase a CD of today's RadioWest. Please reference show #1379.
Sign up for RadioWest Podcasts

Visit one of Salt Lake City's local, independent businesses:
Ken Sanders Rare Books
The King's English
Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore
Graywhale CD Exchange

Or shop on-line

for books and music from today's RadioWest. A portion of your purchase benefits KUER.

More music from Sierra Leone suggested by KEXP's Jon Kerzer

KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.