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On 1998’s Crusade, Rocky Dawuni doesn’t sound as if he’s been merely influenced by Bob Marley: Singing in a faux Jamaican accent, cloning Marley’s dulcet pop melodies, and aiming for the legend’s sociopolitical message with such lyrics as “The truth is all I got”—Dawuni wants to be Bob Marley. Marley counterbalanced his vocals with the warbling of the I-Threes, and sure enough, Dawuni’s got harmonizing female backing crooners. Bob had soulful horn lines and Nyabinghi-like drumming; Dawuni does too. Dawuni’s Crusade-style Marley homage might be appropriate for tonight’s So Much Things to Say: A Bob Marley Birthday Tribute, but then again, his remembrance may take a different form: Last year, the Ghanaian described his current live sound as “roots-hop-reggae,” noting that he’s added turntablism and African percussion to his former traditional approach. Hear Dawuni’s evolving tunes when he plays with Meleket, DKGB, Raheem DeVaughn, and MC-Mutabaruka at 4 p.m. at Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $15. (202) 554-1500. (Steve Kiviat)