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Carimi is a Haitian band, but it should not be stereotyped as a folkloric, world-music outfit. Now based in New York, these young guys in matching clothes are basically a pop/R&B group, with slick lead vocals, backing harmonies, and rap interludes largely in French Creole. Carimi has the approach down to a science; on some cuts the band adds acoustic guitar under a breathy lead, while on others the vocalists duet with female singers—and in nearly every number the band douses the vocals in more syrup than Mrs. Butterworth could. Together since 2001, the members of Carimi conjure up their island homeland with cheesy keyboard accents—and better yet, old-school funky konpa rhythms—but the focus remains largely on swooning expressions of love and romance. Carimi plays with Teeyah at 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Ballroom, 2126 Industrial Parkway, Silver Spring. $30. (240) 463-7196. (Steve Kiviat)