Originally from Chad, H’SAO’s music mixes traditional African harmonies and rhythms with gospel, soul, pop, and R&B influences to create a fresh, warm and exciting sound that is rooted in masterful a capella singing.
Based in Montreal, H’SAO’s powerful live performances have been capturing the hearts of small audiences and large crowds alike since 2001. The band has always been passionate about sharing its unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences. H’SAO has traveled the world, delivering electrifying performances, launching three innovative albums and, most of all, developing a musical signature that spans several genres and thus transcends the “world music” category.
At first, voices – but what voices! – were their only instrument. Then, brothers Caleb (guitar), Mossbass (bass) and Izra L (keyboard) along with their childhood friend Dono (drums) added musical instruments. Their father dubs them Hirondelle (swallow) in honour of the birds that are always searching for higher ground. H’SAO makes use of their vocal skills to compose heartfelt compositions with beautiful a cappella harmonies, developing arrangements to be later transposed for varied instrumentation.
Onstage, the band sets itself apart through energetic performances, punctuated by catchy choreography and warm interactions with the audience.
Ten years after the release of its self-titled album and four years after Vol 235, the band launched Oria in 2013. The level of social commitment expressed on this third album is a tribute the impressive journey that lead up to its creation. Nominated for World Music Album of the Year at the Gala de l’ADISQ, Oria is an invitation to iscover the boundless vocal talent of H’SAO and to experience a more subdued, masterful and varied instrumental universe. Its poignant songs address peace, social justice, religion, love and other universal themes.
This tour is part of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and RADARTS’ Canada 150 Performance Series. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada. In celebration of the 150+ Anniversary of Confederation, this performance is part of Atlantic Presenters Association’s ‘Canada 150 Performance Series’ in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.
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