Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars to perform benefit concert at Magnolia

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars to perform benefit concert at Magnolia
Event poster. (Photo Source: Magnolia Gardens/Facebook)
Event poster. (Photo Source: Magnolia Gardens/Facebook)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars will perform at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

The concert is scheduled for March 19 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15.

"Magnolia is delighted to support the All Stars in their effort to inform and educate the public about the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and West Africa," Tom Johnson, Magnolia's executive director, said.

Christopher Day, an assistant professor in the African Studies and Political Science departments at the College of Charleston, said Ebola is still a major concern.

"Because Ebola is starting to fade from view doesn't mean the problem has gone away or that Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are in the clear," Day said. "Moreover, there are still persistent crises elsewhere in Africa such as in Central African Republic and South Sudan that require just as much attention."

Johnson also noted the historical ties between Sierra Leone and South Carolina, which date back to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, when West Africans were captured and shipped to South Carolina and Georgia. Many were taken from the rice-growing region of West Africa that includes modern-day Sierra Leone.

Doctors Without Borders is one of several agencies combating the spread of the Ebola virus in the West African nation Sierra Leone, where the disease killed 3,336 people in less than a year.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Doctors Without Borders has admitted more than 8,100 patients, among whom around 4,960 were confirmed as having Ebola. More than 2,300 patients have survived. More than 1,400 tons of supplies have been shipped to the affected countries since March 2014.

The eight-member All Stars band formed a decade ago and has appeared on Oprah. The band has performed with Aerosmith, Dispatch, and Ziggy Marley.

The group has not been able to return home because of the Ebola crisis.

Tickets will go on sale the day of the event at a temporary ticket booth on the entrance road to Magnolia.

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