In 2002, musician Chris Velan accompanied friends and filmmakers Banker White and Zach Niles to West Africa. Their goal was to make a documentary film that explored a humanitarian crisis from the perspective of a musician.

They met the original members of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars in a remote refugee camp in Guinea and the ensuing film called, “The Refugee All Stars” - shot over three years - tells their inspiring story of struggle and survival through music in a time of horrific war.

Since the film’s release in 2005, the band has returned home to Freetown and gone on to become a celebrated international touring act.

In August 2010, Chris, Zach and Banker reunited with the All Stars in a Boston studio to record Chris’ song, “Iñez” . . .
chrisvelan.com
sierraleonesrefugeeallstars.com
weowntv.org

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