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H’Sao will make you dance when an African cappella group comes to The Mack

H’Sao music is a blend of modern sound and traditional African music. Come and see for yourself on Feb. 21 at The Mack. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO
H’Sao music is a blend of modern sound and traditional African music. Come and see for yourself on Feb. 21 at The Mack. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Guardian

Montreal-based a cappella group Chad, H’Sao is coming to The Mack in Charlottetown on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

The group, which has been together since 2001, will be performing songs from their most recent album “Saar’’, a Kabalai word meaning “the Source’’.

The four members of H’Sao (pronounced Ash-sah-oh) grew up together in Chad, Africa. Dono Bej Ledjebgue former 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.

“We developed a cappella skills because growing up our voices were the only instruments that we had,’’ said Ledjebgue, the drummer. “The only place that you could touch a drum or a bass guitar was in a church on Sunday.’’

Chad’s location in central Africa has meant their culture has absorbed influences from the countries that surround it. 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,’’ said Ledjebgue. “We want 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. It’s a show for anyone looking for a fun way to discover traditional African music performed using modern musical influences.’’

The show gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets, go to www.confederationcentre.com/en/show/375-HSao.

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