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on July 1, 2012
"Radio Salone" is the third album from Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. Recorded in New York, it comprises Highlife, Afrobeat, Reggae, and traditional African sounds, interspersed with very interesting interludes like the reverb-filled experimental intro "Chant It Down" which I wish was a full track.

Songs include the horn-driven bouncy Mother In Law sung in broken English with funny lyrics on a Mother In Law. "Reggae Sounds The Message" is a lovely lilting Reggae piece with typical preaching/teaching lyrics popular in traditional African music.

Other standouts are the melodic "Kali" (with rhythmic guitars), the groovy "Mam Muyu", the echoey percussion-filled trippy "Toman Teti M'Ba Akala", the lilting Reggae "Big Fat Dog", the Dubby "Work It Brighter", and the catchy Reggae "Remake The World Again".

Nice!
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on May 1, 2016
I give this CD 3stars. I have purchased Sierra Leone's Refugee's prior CD and loved it! This one not so much. The beats were not as vibrant but good. I have an affinity for great sound and beats. Maybe the next CD I'll be awaiting it's arrival.
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on August 10, 2012
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are back with Radio Salone, the follow-up to the band's 2010 album Rise & Shine, which spent two months at the top of the NWB album chart. Radio Salone, their 3rd studio album, is another superb collection of cheerful uplifting songs blending soukous, reggae, dub and funk with traditional West African styles. Radio Salone opens with the unique sound of the congoma (a wooden instrument with resonators) on "Chant It Down." The lead single, "Mother In Law," is a fun, catchy pop tune sure to become a world music classic. Other highlights include "Mampama" and "Big Fat Dog." Produced by Victor Axelrod (the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Easy Star All Stars) and recorded in Brooklyn's Dunham Studios using vintage analog equipment, Radio Salone is yet another demonstration of the band's resilience and the power of music to overcome adversity... a long way from the horrors they endured during the Sierra Leonean civil war. - Martin Curti, NewWorldBuzz.com
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on February 25, 2013
I heard this group live at the Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. Until then I had not heard of this band. They impressed me greatly with their lively and passionate music. This is a talented group with a compelling history.My wife and I really like this album, although not quite as much as Living Like a Refugee. Great beat, uplifting lyrics, this is a really good album.
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on June 21, 2012
The best song is Reggae Sounds the Message. The high-life songs are awesome too. Google the band's name to watch the the trailer for the PBS documentary about them.
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on May 18, 2012
these guys rock!! great new tunes and lyrics, original and heartwarming...
you WILL be tapping your feet
and if you ever get the chance to see them live - GO!!!

wonderful!!
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