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From the late ’70s through the late ’90s, Barrington Levy was one of Jamaica’s top vocalists. His approach was innovative: Instead of crooning about Rastafarianism over some lazy roots rhythms, Levy injected tradition with the hard edge of dancehall. And as the rapid cadence of reggae rappers started to dominate Jamaican music, Levy proved that a soulful voice singing about love could sound just as powerful as a blitzkrieg-fast rhymer going off about herb. Now in his late 30s, Levy is not quite the success he once was, but he’s far from washed up. Levy plays with Christopher and Rude Kid at 8 p.m. at the Weyone Ballroom, 2260 25th Place NE. $20. (301) 270-3223. (Steve Kiviat)