Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Ruben Koroma and his wife, Grace, left Sierra Leone in 1997 during the Sierra Leone Civil War and found themselves in the Kalia refugee camp. They joined up with guitarist Francis John Langba (aka Franco), bassist Idrissa Bangura (aka Mallam), and other musicians in the camp whom they had known before the war. In 2002, the war came to an end and the musicians returned to Freetown, where they met other returning musicians who joined them. From there, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars began. Their message is "Music can heal the trauma of man. Don't lose hope. Music can cure you."