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Is Henri Dikongué the James Taylor of Cameroon? Not quite. While this France-based acoustic guitarist and singer is a fan, on C’est La Vie his quiet folky compositions exhibit many international instrumental and vocal influences. Singing solo or supported by drums, piano, and backing vocals, Dikongué’s approach incorporates makossa and rumba guitar rhythms learned from friends and classical Spanish guitar stylings learned in music school. Using Brazilian bossa nova and French chanson structures, the 30-year-old croons delicate, aching melodies with a voice developed in church choirs. A former law student, Dikongué is part of the new wave of African balladeers who are rejecting synth-based Afro-dance formulas for more personal and simply delivered methods of musical storytelling. At 6 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)