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Reggaeton may be the Puerto Rican sound of the moment, but some salsa singers from that island still command the attention of the young Spanish-speaking masses. One such performer, Victor Manuelle, is headlining the multi-act Festival Univision 2005. Manuelle’s looks and romántica ballads have long dazzled women, and his hard-edged vocals have kept the salsa purists (of all genders) with him. A potent, horn-led band has always backed him, and with his talent for vocal improvisation, expect him to please the reggaeton crowd as well. But long before reggaeton, there were rappers rhyming en español. One such performer is Brooklyn-raised Puerto Rican Vico C. Only 33, he’s been around long enough to have a best-of disc and to have made a comeback after a long recuperation following a car accident. C can spit wordy singsong phrases over old-school hiphop sounds, emote over speedy merengue, or offer quick party-style interjections over dancehall-derived beats. The festival begins at noon at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg. $25. (703) 451-0845. (Steve Kiviat)