African a capella group comes to The Mack
Montréal-based band from Chad, H’Sao has been taking over dance floors across the world since 2001. On February 21 at 7:30 pm they’ll be at The Mack in Charlottetown performing songs from their most recent album entitled Saar, a Kabalai word meaning “the Source.”
The four members of H’Sao (Ash-sah-oh) grew up in Chad, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. Dono Bei Ledjebgue formed the a cappella group with his childhood friends, the three Rimtobaye brothers: Caleb, Mossbass, and Izrael.
The band’s passion for sharing their voices and harmonies to create a blend of modern sound and traditional African music is what makes them special, but you’ll be surprised to learn that the choice to become an a cappella group was based partly on the lack of available instruments.
“We developed a cappella skills because growing up our voices were the only instruments that we had,” says H’Sao drummer, Bei Ledjebgue. “The only place that you could touch a drum or a bass guitar was in a church on Sunday.”
H’Sao blends the four main languages in Chad (French, English, Arabic, and the Chadian dialectic Kabalai) to create songs that have a universal sound.
“It doesn’t matter if you can’t understand the words, it’s about feeling the music,” says Bei Ledjebgue. He goes on to explain, “We want the people who come to our show to let the music take them on a journey through our culture.”
He also promises lots of dancing in the second half of the show. “In Africa we have to move when there is music playing, we can’t stand still, it’s a part of who we are,” says Bei Ledjebgue. He ends by saying “It’s a show for anyone looking for a fun way to discovery traditional African music performed using modern musical influences.”
H’Sao show is happening at The Mack On February 21 @ 7:30 pm.