A group of six Sierra Leonean musicians come together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. Civil war (1991-2002) in Sierra Leone took the lives of many of their loved ones and left them with physical and emotional scars that may never be healed, but it could never take away their music. Through music, The Refugee All Stars provides a unique and intimate perspective on war and conflict in the developing world.
Zach Niles, Banker White
Banker is a multi-disciplinary artist in the Bay Area. He received his MFA, from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has lived and worked Ghana, West Africa and is an accompanished musician. In 1994-96 he helped start the Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana, a learning center established to showcase the cultural, and interllectual richness of Africa. Zach is the associate producer for the eight part television series, [Live at the Fillmore]. This monthly series documented ''a day-in the-life of a rock-n-roll band'' as they prepared for a concert at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Zach has lived and worked in South Africa and Cameroon and has had a long-standing, personal and professional interest in the music and culture of Africa.