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The soulful stylings of H’Sao

by on April 26, 2011

On Friday, April 29 at 7pm, the Spotlight Family Fun Series is proud to present Montréal afro-pop group H’Sao. Drawing from gospel, traditional African music, as well as their Chadian roots, H’sao display clear soul, pop, and R&B influences. All the members of H’Sao are singer/songwriters, and elements of their various influences are smoothly blended with African rhythms to create fresh songs in a unique style.

Music is definitely a family affair for H’Sao. The six young musicians, all superbly agile singers, learned their skills from their father, an evangelical pastor in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad in Northern Africa. Initially, the group was made up of the Rimtobaye brothers and sister: Caleb, Mossbass, Taroum, and Israel. Their father dubbed them Hirondelle (swallow) in honour of the birds that are always searching for higher ground, and their first performance was in the church where he is pastor.

Their first performance outside of church was in 1994, when they took part in the Fête de la Musique, a presentation of the Centre Culturel Français (French cultural center) in N’Djamena. In 1995, Charles and Service Ledjebgue join the band, and with their arrival the group took on a new name: H’sao—H for hirondelle and Sao in honour of their Chadian ancestors.

In 2003, the remarkably electric band released its self-titled debut album, now a worldwide sensation. Join this uplifting family for an evening of masterful singing that sets them apart on the vast soundscape of world music!

Tickets for H’Sao are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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