Musicians Corner Announces Special Performance and Documentary Film Screening
With Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at City Winery on May 23
Musician Corner will present a special performance by Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and a screening of their critically acclaimed documentary film at City Winery on Monday, May 23. The prestigious eight-piece band, formed by refugees displaced to Guinea during the Sierra Leone Civil War, will also headline Musicians Corner in Centennial Park on Saturday, May 21.
"Nashville is a warm and welcoming city that is home to immigrants from all over the world who are looking for chance to pursue a better life," said Mayor Megan Barry. "We are proud to welcome Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars to our city for a performance in beautiful Centennial Park. I hope their documentary film screening sparks important discussions about the value of cultural diversity."
Over their decade-long career, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have earned praise from Sir Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and countless artists. The band has received worldwide acclaim with performances at the Amnesty International Human Rights Conference in Chicago, a concert at the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem, and a special private appearance at the United Nations. They have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, contributed a song to the Blood Diamond film soundtrack, and participated in the U2 tribute album In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2.
Inspired by the band’s story, filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White followed them for three years as they brought joy to fellow refugees with their heartfelt performances. The documentary film, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, was a critical success. “It’s as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club,” said Newsweek.
"We're honored to host Africa's most inspirational band at Musicians Corner," said John Tumminello, Musicians Corner Executive Director. "We invite the Nashville community to learn about their incredible journey as we present their documentary film screening and an encore performance at City Winery.”
The film, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, will be screened at City Winery at 7 PM on Monday, May 23, followed by a performance by the band. Tickets for event are $20-25 and available at http://www.citywinery.com/nashville/tickets/musicianscorner052316.html
Musicians Corner’s Spring 2016 Season in Centennial Park kicks off on May 13 and 14, with additional events on Fridays May 20, June 17, 24 and Saturdays May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25. Events feature multi-genre artist performances, Kidsville activities, food trucks, Dogville, local artisans, Featured Charity Partners, and the MC Pub. Events take place from 5 - 9 PM on Fridays and 12 - 5 PM on Saturdays. View the Spring 2016 Season artist lineup here.