11 September 2006

Monday's mp3: Succeeding Like a Refugee

Refugee All Stars at SXSW (photo by ryota)The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone are making a big splash in global circles, the result of an engaging double CD and a documentary film (watch trailer) about their genesis in the refugee camps in Guinea and their musical adventures in a war-torn region. SoundRoots reviewed the CD earlier (and we still haven't seen the film, alas). The CD will officially be released Sept. 26, followed by a North American tour.

10/21/2006 Roxy Theatre Atlanta GA
10/22/2006 Lake Eden Arts Festival - LEAF Black Mountain NC
10/24/2006 S.O.B.’s New York NY
10/25/2006 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA
10/26/2006 930 Club Washington DC
10/28/2006 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA
10/30/2006 Le Cabaret du Capitole Quebec QC CANADA
10/31/2006 Spectrum Montreal QC CANADA
11/1/2006 Opera House Toronto ON CANADA
11/2/2006 The Ark Ann Arbor MI
11/3/2006 Calvin College Fine Arts Center Grand Rapids MI
11/4/2006 Martyr’s Chicago IL
11/5/2006 Fine Line Minneapolis MN
11/7/2006 Boulder Theater Boulder CO
11/9/2006 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
11/11/2006 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
11/12/2006 Showbox Theatre Seattle WA

[mp3] Refugee All Stars: "Weapon Conflict"
from a live performance at SXSW (The World has the complete mp3 of the performance)
two versions of this song also appear on the album Living Like a Refugee

Finally, the one.org blog has a free mp3 of the R.A.S. song "Living Like a Refugee".

By the way, if you're in my neighborhood, you might be interested in two films being shown for free tomorrow night. They're at the Lacey Timberland Library from 6pm to 8pm. The first is Sir! No Sir!:

Sir! No Sir! energetically reveals the untold story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. This is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960s – one that had a profound impact on American society, yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time. This hidden history combines fast-paced archival footage with thoughtful interviews, “perfectly timed with new doubts about the Iraq War” (Variety). Here's a trailer:

The second movie is Reveille! Reveille!, which chronicles the Iraq Veterans Against the War in their earliest attempts to prevent further atrocities and regain their humanity. These films follow this generation of veterans from their initial gathering to their stand at the gates of the White House, which resulted in the largest mass arrest by U.S. Park Police since the Vietnam War.

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