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FRIDAY

In 1988, King Sunny Ade and his 26-piece band played an all-night show at the old WUST Radio Music Hall. Ade, the most prominent Nigerian juju music guitarist and bandleader, led his musicians—guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, a pedal-steel player—through a series of lengthy, laid-back-yet-funky compositions. Their full orchestral sound offered stringwork that blended the high-pitched twang of Africa with the sounds of Hawaii and Nashville. Over the instrumental waves, Ade and others crooned soft melodies or chanted back-and-forth dialogues. As memorable as the groove-filled epics was the way the virtually all-Nigerian crowd showed its approval: One by one, audience members in brightly colored traditional clothing ascended the stage to paste dollar bills on the sweaty foreheads of the band members. Tonight’s show is scheduled to go until 3 a.m., so bring enough singles to last through the night when King Sunny Ade plays with Qsadebe at 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $29.95. (202) 397-7328. (Steve Kiviat)