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It’s easy to dismiss the Putumayo-sponsored Acoustic Africa tour as overly safe, multicultural music for aging NPR listeners. After all, one of the performers, South African Vusi Mahlasela, released a CD of pleasantly bland warbling that’s a perfect soundtrack for waiting for a venti latte. However, though the show’s bigger names—including Habib Koite, who most may recognize for his duet with Bonnie Raitt—may adhere at times to such stereotypes, the opening act is every bit as likely to break them. The Ivory Coast’s Dobet Gnahore sings over fairly generic Afro-European folky stringwork. But this 24-year-old’s alternately mellifluous and sharp-edged vocals should impress music fans in any demographic, and her dance and theater training help keep the rest of her set just as lively. Get to your seat on time when the performances begin at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25–$35. (202) 387-7328. (Steve Kiviat)