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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. ~ Chris Nickson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Muloma (Let Us Be United) Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 4:53
  3. 2 Global Threat Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 5:11
  4. 3 Oruwiebie/Magazine Bobo Medley Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 2:51
  5. 4 Living Stone Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 4:52
  6. 5 Dununya [the World] Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 3:14
  7. 6 Jah Mercy Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 4:0
  8. 7 Tamagbondorsu [the Rich Mock the Poor] Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 6:4
  9. 8 Bute Vange Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 2:24
  10. 9 Jah Come Down Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 5:20
  11. 10 Bend Down the Corner Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 4:51
  12. 11 Goat Smoke Pipe Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 2:45
  13. 12 Gbrr Mani [Trouble] Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 4:37
  14. 13 Watching All Your Ways Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 4:11

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