ALBUM REVIEW ''H’Sao is one of the most prominent vocal groups of any genre in Québec. '' - 05 August 2015
H’Sao is one of the most prominent vocal groups of any genre in Québec. Yet, its members are understandably also drawn to their generation’s urban music and activist streak. This time, the Rimtobaye brothers and their accomplice Dono Bei L. return to their vocal origins, which is precisely the meaning of Saar in Kabalai, their Chadian language.
The result is spectacular. The singers reach exalted heights in their vocal beats and vocalizations: they excel at answering each other, finishing sentences together, and launching into choruses, whether independently, in unison or in harmony. The listener is at times reminded of Pygmy yodeling. These vocals most often have an acoustic guitar, a calabash or a percussion instrument for sole musical support. For Saar, H’Sao drew its inspiration from Chadian rhythms, gospel, soul, blues and hip hop and even covered Summertime with Marie-Josée Lord. A truly delightful album.