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Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians aren’t generally known to give each other props, but that’s not the case with AfroCuba de Matanzas and Los Hermanos Cepeda. These two folkloric drumming ensembles will conclude their weeklong D.C. residency with “Dos Alas/Two Wings,” a program whose finale will feature both groups together. The show’s title is taken from a 19th-century poem in which the two islands are depicted as two wings of the same bird. The designation is aptboth units are family affairs specializing in dance music rooted in African religious rituals. While keeping traditions alive is a large part of both AfroCuba’s rumba and Los Hermanos’ bomba, when the hand action on the congas, hourglass-shaped batás, and barriles (fish barrels) speeds up, there will be no question regarding the music’s contemporary vitality. At 8 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium, 21 & H Sts. NW. $18-25. (202) 833-9800. (Steve Kiviat)