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It is common knowledge that much of modern hiphop and rhythm and blues is digitally sampled. For partygoers, this fact has become a nonissue, but for more thoughtful listeners, there is a certain amount of embarrassment in being ignorant of the original artists’ work. In the name of education, fans of A Tribe Called Quest, Mary J. Blige, Guru, and Brand Nubian would be well-advised to peruse their recordings’ liner notes for the name Roy Ayers. His work in jazz, funk, and soul is the foundation for these and many others’ hit records and the reason why “everybody loves the sunshine.” Roy will be helping the unschooled exorcise their shame tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Diversité, 1526 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 234-5740. (Neil Drumming)