Ugandan multi-instrumentalist Kinobe and his latest band, the African Sensation, are neither superstars at home nor hip favorites on the international Afropop circuit. But the frequently touring, 27-year-old Kinobe is beginning to make his mark worldwide with his polyrhythmic acoustic sound that merges traditional east and west African sounds with Youssou N’Dour-influenced vocals. The musician’s methodology sprouts from Kinobe’s childhood: At age ten, he saw the Malian harp kora played at a European festival, and soon added that to a repertoire that includes a metal-pronged thumb piano, a xylophone, and a lyre. Although his pan-African blend sometimes loses the charm of its source genres, at its best, his distinct style is alternately folky, funky, and uniquely memorable.
The group performs at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. $15-25.