Arts Desk

International Music Roundup: Tego Calderon, Caetano Veloso, Rokia Traore

Tego CalderonIt's another busy weekend of international artists visiting the D.C. area. Here are some recommendations.

Friday
Tego Calderon (pictured above) performs with Blackpoint at Fur Night Club, 33 Paterson St. NW. Calderon is a respected veteran Puerto Rican rapper who rhymes over salsa, hip-hop and reggaeton. Blackpoint provided the music for the fun New York Dominican kids YouTube dance hit "Watagatapitusberry.” (202) 498-3962. $20.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. The nephew of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has a similarly stunning wailing voice that he uses on Qawwali, Bollywood, and Ghazal-style numbers. (202) 783-4000. $37-$127.

Frank Reyes at the East Coast Night Club, 13989 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge, Va. This Dominican singer croons romantic bachata ballads. (703) 490-5504. $25.

Saturday
The Fela Kuti doc Music Is the Weapon at 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW. Recorded in 1982, this documentary covers the life of the controversial Nigerian performer—his Afrobeat music, his politics, his battles with the government, and his 20-odd wives. (202) 633-4600. Free.

Baby Cham and Tessanne Chin at the Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave. (Route 1), Bladensburg. Cham spits deep-voiced, sometimes raunchy, Jamaican patois over dancehall beats while Chin, who used to sing backup, for Jimmy Cliff offers more traditional reggae vocals. (301) 927-1056. $30.

Caetano Veloso at Lisner, 730 21st St. NW. This 60-something Brazilian Tropicalia legend worked on his latest album, Zii e Zie with the same youngish trio that he played with on his rock-oriented 2007 album Ce. But this time they go for a samba-rock approach. (202) 994-1500. $35-75.

Sunday
Lupillo Rivera at East Coast Night Club, 13989 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Woodbridge, Va. Mexican ranchera star. (703) 490-5504. $35.

Prince Royce at Fast Eddie's, 6220 Richmond Hwy. (Route 1 South) Alexandria, Va. He’s known for his bachata version of "Stand by Me." (571) 276-5014. $20.

African Childrens Choir at 4 p.m. at the George Mason Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. A large Uganda-born kids ensemble that now features kids singing in 10 languages. (703) 993-8888. $21-42.

Rokia Traore at Lisner, 730 21st St. NW. This quietly charismatic Malian guitarist-vocalist adds a bit of artsy minimalism to her band’s traditional modal sounds played on ngonis (skin-covered lute), djembe drum, calabash, balafon (xylophone with slats on gourds), and electric bass. Traore has done a number of fine shows in the area over the years and this one should be no different. (202) 994-1500. $25-35.

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