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Most Fatboy Slim fans probably find breakbeat techno as opaque as traditional Bengali music. But the members of Joi, two second-generation sons of Bangladesh raised in London’s East End, have been converting clubgoers to both by fusing the musical vocabulary of their ancestors with au courant Western beats for the better part of a decade. Farook and Haroon Shamsher achieved their greatest international visibility in 1998 with a track on the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remix project Star Rise and have since enhanced their reputation with their debut full-length CD, One and One Is One, and their own club nights and live shows. The last will be featured on a brief U.S. tour featuring vocalist Susheela Raman and guitarist Vik Sharma—who both made invaluable contributions to One—as well as a dancer and a percussionist to round out the Bengali brothers’ beats. Joi performs at 9:30 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 518-7900. (Daniel Searing)