Aside from the climate challenge, the musicians were feeling a little blue, having days before received the news that a founding member, Franco, had died in Freetown. Reuben Koroma was particularly sad about this, as his duo with Franco was the original spark for this band. Anyone who has seen the film The Refugee All Stars will remember the sweet scenes of the two of them banging out songs in a camp on an acoustic guitar, and singing their hearts out. This is a tragedy, and that much harder to absorb so far from home.
For anyone within striking distance of Brooklyn, the band will be playing an intimate gig at Zebulon in Brooklyn on Saturday, January 29, their last performance before heading home to Freetown. More details in the Events section at afropop.org.
Here's a short video of Black Nature discussing the new album.