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Fri 10/22
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

There sure has been a lot of (largely regrettable) talk about refugees in the public discourse of late. However, even as our government spins around in circles trying to decide how to handle an increasing influx of refugees from war-torn locales the world over, it is important to remember that it is often refugees who can teach us to live in a broader, brighter, more humane world. Such is certainly the case with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a band of legit refugees who spread their message of peace and compassion through the healing and joyful art of music. The group, which takes the Empire stage on Friday, plays a brand of music that sounds a whole lot like reggae, but is actually more consistent with Sierra Leone’s traditional baskeda style, which predates reggae and likely influenced the genre. Apart from being a lively and rejuvenating musical experience, this concert represents a chance to celebrate African culture and show support for the important and vibrant cultural contributions of refugees. $29-$99, 7:30pm Fri, Oct. 21, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. — James Courtney

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