ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - King’s Theatre continues its celebration of African Heritage month well into March, with Montreal-based band H’SAO on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
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 cappella singing.
Their 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 discover 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.
Earlier in March, King’s Theatre presented a sold-out concert of traditional African music with Zimbabwe’s Black Umfolosi.
“People came from all over southwest Nova Scotia,” said theatre manager Janet Larkman. “We feel incredibly blessed to be able to bring these rich and beautiful sounds to Annapolis Royal.”
This concert is the last of the Canada 150 series being presented by King’s Theatre, made possible through the support of the Atlantic Presenters Association and Canadian Heritage. It is also the last in the 'Winter at King’s' concert series, supported by a sponsorship team that includes the Town of Annapolis Royal, NSLC, Brown Brothers Excavating, Assante Wealth Management, Bluewave Energy, and Oliver Janson Law.
The H’SAO concert takes place on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available by calling the King’s Theatre Box Office at 902-532-7704 or through the website, www.kingstheatre.ca.