A group of musicians and dancers from Chad called H’Sao will be among the headline performers coming to the Discovery Coast Music Festival in Bella Coola this summer.

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A group of musicians and dancers from Chad called H’Sao among headline performers coming to the Discovery Coast Music Festival.


The Discovery Coast Music Festival in Bella Coola is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a special group of Chadian musicians and dancers, H’Sao — meaning literally Saos’ Swallow.

The Saos being the ancestors of the people of Chad are now based in Montreal. 

The four siblings and two childhood friends are a true “family” band.

Drawing from gospel, traditional African music, and their Chadian roots, H’Sao displays clear soul, pop, jazz, and R&B influences. 

Elements of these influences are smoothly blended with African rhythms to create fresh songs in a unique style, punctuated with mesmerizing African dance numbers. 

Their masterful a capella singing sets them further apart on the world music stage. The result is a unique and uncompromisingly contemporary sound. The singers’ energy is palpable and their joie de vivre, irresistibly contagious.

H’Sao has filled concert halls in the four corners of the world — including France, Sweden, Haiti, Colombia, South Africa, and Australia — and was invited to perform a much-remarked concert in honour of Queen Elizabeth II during her last visit to Canada on July 1, 2010.  

We are thrilled to present them to you on the weekend of July 20-22 at the Discovery Coast Music Festival in Bella Coola.


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