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Doctors Without Borders Benefit Concert with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

When: Thu., March 19, 5 p.m. 2015

Magnolia Plantation’s famous romantic gardens will come alive this Thursday, both with the blooming of spring flowers and the jams of Afro-Caribbean reggae. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are stopping by the plantation to play a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders, one of the primary groups fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone and West Africa at large. The members of the All Stars were, indeed, refugees who were forced from their homes in Freetown during Sierra Leone’s civil war in the 1990s. The band’s members have endured horrific hardship — from torture to mutilation, not to mention the deaths of many family and friends — but they have banded together to create inspirational, positive music. “This is the first time we’ve done an event like this,” says Herb Frazier, Magnolia Plantation’s PR and marketing manager. The concert was organized by College of Charleston graduate and Peace Corps member Brian Elmore. He asked Magnolia Plantation to get involved, and the leadership was eager to agree. “Since I’ve been to Sierra Leone as a journalist and knew of the historic and cultural connections between West Africa and Magnolia, I said, ‘This is a natural fit,’” Frazier says. “They’re a phenomenal band.”

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: $15

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