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Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars to play Ebola benefit show to Flamingo Cantina

Staff Writer
Austin 360

The entire existence of the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars is defined by a desire to spread joy in times of strife. The band originated in a refugee camp in Guinea following a brutal civil war in the members’homeland. They toured the neighboring camps, playing to their fellow countrymen with spirited optimism, bringing upbeat songs, offerings of hope. They were discovered by a pair of American documentarians who brought their story to the world in a moving film that was released in 2005 and they’ve been touring internationally ever since.

Now, with their home country at the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak, the band members have once again found themselves living as refugees, unable to return home until the crisis is over. “We are worried. Very worried,” the band wrote in a statement on their website. “All our families are in Sierra Leone and we are over in the US on tour. It is so important that we do all we can from here to fight this horrible disease back home.”

The band has been playing a series of benefit shows across the country to raise money for treatment and prevention efforts. On Friday, November 28, they’ll be at Flamingo Cantina to play a benefit show for Doctors Against Borders. Their shows are jubilant events that reverberate with pure heart. In a season marked by reflection, it’s a great time to count your blessings and enjoy a wonderful evening with family and friends while supporting a great cause.