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Toronto, February 8, 2006—Harbourfront Centre celebrates African Heritage month with a spectacular concert by H’Sao, a young, talented group with magnetic appeal that combines gospel, soul, jazz and R& B, as part of the Music with Bite concert series. H’Sao performs original music with beautiful melodies and dances. The performance takes place on Sunday, February 19, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free. For information, the public can call
416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Virtuoso singers with amazing a cappella renditions, H’Sao draws inspiration from the traditions of its country of origin, Chad in Central Africa and neighbouring African ethnic regions. To this, the group adds a love of gospel, soul, jazz and pop. H’Sao blends all of these styles with a joyous appreciation of African rhythms. The group comprises Caleb, Mossbass, Israel and Taroum Rimtobaye and their childhood friends, brothers Charles and Service Ledjebgue.

Multilingual, H’Sao also carefully chooses texts for its songs which speak of country, of love, of honour, of its new lives; in French and in English. The group members have voices that are clear, tuneful and powerful. H’Sao’s boundless energy comes across best on stage. In fact, H’Sao’s concerts never seem to last long enough (for the group or for the audience). With the music, the spectacular singing and the dancing combined, this group is irresistible in live shows. After winning over audiences in the Francophone Games in 2001, H’Sao has toured extensively. With the group’s first CD release on the Québécois label, Mille-Pattes (Bottine Souriante), H’Sao has evolved into an act renowned for filling concert halls.

Music with Bite, part of ZOOM! Family Sundays, is a refreshing, interactive experience in which children can sit up close to the artists and, after the concert, ask questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an organization dedicated to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people.

Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

BEAUTY
Is beauty defined by personal tastes or perspectives or can we apply some universal standards? From January through May 2006, Harbourfront Centre invites audiences to examine the idea of beauty through various events and programmes. Beauty is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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