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They are the elders—the kind who make wannabe poets want to burn their notebooks. The voices that painted the ’60s black are back: prophetizing, redefining, and liberating the mind with the rainy blue-black rhythm of Sonia Sanchez’s (pictured) magical writings, the Malcolm X of Amiri Baraka’s imagination, the ululating trumpet of A.B. Spellman’s verse, and the conga-accentuated riffs of Gaston Neal’s chants. Harambee Carnival 1999 brings these luminaries together to kick some verse with diaspora poets Yemi Khensu, Matilda Garbrah, Kenny Carroll, Clyde Wray, and Kwame Alexander. The action-packed evening includes entertainment by the stilt-walkers of the Yacouba Masked Society, the LaKaye Haitian Dance Troupe, the Anansegromma Storytellers, and the La Marionette Puppets; fashions by Mel ‘Ange; and music by the Image Band and Sekouba Kandia Kouyate. Join in the African splendor and family fun at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Conference Center, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $25 (proceeds benefit Adventures in Health, Education, and Agricultural Development Inc). (301) 530-3697. (Ayesha Morris)