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SUNDAY

Chanting about Haile Selassie should really be no different from a Baptist church swelling up about Jesus—same fiery diaphragm control, same billowy trachea power. But whereas screaming “Rastafari!” at the top of your lungs in the heat of a dancehall show will cause the party-going congregation to jump like wildfire, the church is, quite frankly, not a hefty promoter of fun. Besides, anti-Babylonian chants and cultural conviction lose out easily to sizzling beats on any night. On this night, it’s Sizzla Kalonji (aka Sizzla) who will channel fire and air from his wear-and-tear gritty pipes to all the youth, Guinness-fed or not. At 9 p.m. at Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. $35. (301) 927-1056 (Ayesha Morris)