Warner/Chappell Music will be administering publishing rights for the primary writers of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The publisher has entered deals with Reuben Koroma, Ashade Pearce and Francis 'Franco' John Langba.

Koroma and Langba founded the critically acclaimed, 12-person group in 1996. It includes a 19-year-old rapper and a 50-year-old rhythm guitar player, all refuges from the civil war-embattled Sierra Leone. As refugees in their adopted country of Guinea, the group got its start by crafting homemade instruments and playing shows for fellow refugees in camps throughout Guinea and Sierra Leone to deal with the trauma of the war.

Filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White featured the group in their 2006 documentary, "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars." The film follows the band over the course of three years as it makes its way from the refugee camps back to Sierra Leone.

The debut album from the group, "Living Like a Refugee" (Anti/Epitaph Records), was released in 2006 and distributed through Warner Music Group's Alternative
Distribution Alliance.

Under the publishing agreements, Warner/Chappell will administer new compositions and the catalog of songs by the primary writers.

"This is a wonderful, life-changing opportunity for the members of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars," said the bands' manager, Mike Kappus of the Rosebud Agency. "The partnership with Warner/Chappell Music helps the band follow their dream of spreading their music and message around the world while having an immediate and ongoing impact on the lives of the band and their community who truly need the help."

The group's song "Ankala," was recently featured in the film "Blood Diamond," set during the civil war.