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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 31

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars first came together in West African refugee camps, but have since toured the globe and taken a stand against hunger.
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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars first came together in West African refugee camps, but have since toured the globe and taken a stand against hunger.

Jun. 1: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
You can listen to music with a message tomorrow night at Artisphere in Arlington, where Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars will perform with DJ Underdog. Since its humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, the group has achieved international recognition. Last year, the band’s third album, Radio Salone, was named “World Music Album of the Year” by CBCRadio Canada. You can groove to the band’s afro-beat reggae sound starting at 8 p.m.

Jun. 1-2: 33rd Annual Washington Folk Festival
The 33rd Annual Washington Folk Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. The two-day event presents a diverse array of free entertainment, including dance, crafts, storytelling, and music from around the country and across the globe. WAMU 88.5 FM is a media sponsor of the festival, which is produced by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Music: “Soul Food” by Sound Dimensions

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