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Let’s just say that Jimmy Cliff doesn’t come nearly as hard these days as he did back in 1973, when he starred in the gritty reggae epic The Harder They Come and contributed three stone classics (the title track, “Many Rivers to Cross,” and “You Can Get It If You Really Want) to its soundtrack. As his years have unfolded, Cliff’s touch has gotten progressively lighter and tinged with a cosmic fluff of sorts. Let’s also say that Cliff’s discography is now as littered with greatest-hits repackagings as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s. The upside is that Cliff is still in fine voice (he was always among the sweetest and most fluid of reggae’s singers), and one of his most recent releases, 1999’s Humanitarian, proves that he’s retained an urgency (“Giants”) and mellifluence (“The Hill”) in his songwriting. So come as hard as you like: Cliff is playing tonight with Jabali Afrika at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $35-$38. (202) 432-7328. (Richard Byrne)