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The members of 3Canal look awfully good after smearing pigment in elaborate designs all over their long-barrelled chests—and I do enjoy feasting on the sight of them for that. But the 6-year-old performance-art collective also has a talent for ministering soca-based rhymes driven by “D power of de riddem,” a skill that has earned them regal status as the crown princes of ragga soca. The genre, born out of oppression and rooted in Caribbean oral tradition, puts a contemporary spin on calypso’s musical plea for the voiceless. In tonight’s “Tribute to Lord Kitchener” concert honoring the Grandmaster of Calypso (who died recently in Trinidad), 3Canal joins David Rudder, the Mighty Sparrow, and the Thwaites Brothers to celebrate and pass on the living soca vibration. The rhythms begin at 8 p.m. at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, 2400 6th St. NW. $35. (202) 829-1477. (Ayesha Morris)