Sunday, July 19, 2009

Refugee All Stars Record New Album in New Orleans

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars were in New Orleans in the first half
of July to record their forthcoming Cumbancha album, which will be
released in the first quarter of 2010. The album is being produced at
Piety Street Studios by Steve Berlin, a founding member of the band
Los Lobos, and a veteran producer of artists such as Angelique Kidjo,
Crash Test Dummies, Tragically Hip, Faith No More and many others.

The Refugee All Stars were feeling right at home in New Orleans, the
sticky weather, spicy food and general laid-back vibe of the city
reminded them of home. On the flip side, after the destruction of
Hurricane Katrina, many of the residents of New Orleans know what its
like to be a refugee. Numerous local musicians, from Trombone Shorty
to Washboard Chazz and the blazing trombones of Bonerama, stopped by
the studio to lend their talents to the recording.

Cumbancha head Jacob Edgar flew down to spend some time at the
sessions, saying "It was so wonderful to be present when true musical
magic was being made. My favorite moment was when the band jammed
together on acoustic instruments between takes, and they even let me
play bad, a-rhythmic percussion along with them!"

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