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Almost 30 years after his debut single, “Door Peep” (amusingly transposed as “Poor Deep” by one unknowing reviewer), Winston Rodney, aka Burning Spear, has slowly but surely, and somewhat inevitably, given his tenure, garnered the mantle of reggae’s “elder statesman.” Burning Spear’s singularity of vision and, to some ears, of sound, has built up an unparalleled commitment to reggae as both a “movement” music and a statement of pan-African identity, both political and otherwise. For this accomplishment he is understandably held in the highest esteem by fans of the genre worldwide. Recognition has also come via six Grammy nominations, and the man shows no signs of slowing down. Expect the usual mélange of old and new songs (his last album, Appointment With His Majesty, was released in August ’97), and shout loudly for “Poor Deep” all night long. With Jah Works at 8 p.m. at the Capital Ballroom, 1015 Half St. SE. $16. (202) 554-1500. (Mark Williams)