We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

One of the great benefits of the resurgence of interest in Afropop are the reunions. After disbanding in the mid-’80s, Senegal’s pioneering Orchestra Baobab re-formed in 2001, bringing its African and Cuban pop styles, super-clean guitar lines, dance rhythms, and Creole melodies to ears old and new. Formed in Dakar in 1970, the band became known for songs that combined styles from just about everywhere, pre- and-postcolonial. Made in Dakar, Orchestra Baobab’s first album of new recordings since 2002, finds the group updating old favorites and refreshing old memories: a traditional griot from 1968, a cover of a Bembeya tune first played in 1969, another now-standard radio hit from 1972. It may be a walk down memory lane for the group, but it’s also stunning for anyone who’s tried to imagine what a Dakar nightclub sounded and felt like back in the day. Orchestra Baobab performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $37.50. (202) 397-7328. —Jason Cherkis