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In 1997, when seven-member Chilean reggae band Gondwana came to Washington to put the final touches on its debut album, most of its members hadn’t traveled very much outside of their home country—and had never even met any Jamaican Rastafarians. They had learned about Rastafari culture mainly through books and the music of Bob Marley. So when RAS Records producer Doctor Dread invited Rastafari elders Brother Jack, Ras Sidney, and Ras Irie to play Nyabinghi drums for some last-minute sessions at D.C.’s Lion and Fox studio, the guys in Gondwana were ecstatic. Even better, the sessions’ end product, Together, went platinum in Gondwana’s homeland and pushed the group to the forefront of a new Chilean reggae movement. Tonight, Gondwana, on its first concert tour outside of Chile, brings its horn-infused, Spanish-tongued resistance chants back to the District at 8 p.m. at the Garage, 1214-B 18th St. NW. $13. (202) 331-7123. (Ayesha Morris)