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While young reggae stars like Sizzla are serving up rapped and warbled sociopolitical lyrics over both speedy, electronic beats and languid, strummed rhythms, veteran vocalists Alpha Blondy (pictured) and Don Carlos stick to singing, rootsy chords, and mostly traditional instrumentation. Although dismissed by some as anachronistic, these two remain relevant thanks to their still-entrancing vocal deliveries. Born in the West African country of Cote d’Ivoire (aka the Ivory Coast), Alpha Blondy, since the early ’80s, has rendered Bob Marley-style melodies with Dioula, French, English, and occasionally Arabic and Hebrew lyrics. Raised on the Koran, later adopting Rastafarianism, and fascinated with both Old and New Testament’s, in 1988 Blondy, backed by Marley’s Wailers, offered an ode to the dream of Jews, Muslims, and Christians praying together, on the infectious title track of his album Jerusalem. Now on the title track of his new LP, Yitzhak Rabin, backed by Marley’s female backup vocalists the I-Threes, members of his own band the Solar System, and Jamaican studio musicians, he urges Jerusalem not to cry. Blondy’s lyrics may be sometimes simplistic, but his sweet, lilting phrasing throughout the disc generally compensates. Opener Don Carlos was the original lead singer of Black Uhuru, who left to go solo and then returned to his trio in 1988. Now he’s solo again and on the new 7 Days a Week his smooth, middle-range crooning floats nicely over the minimalist yet classic backbeats dispensed by members of the Dub Syndicate. At 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V. St. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930. (Steve Kiviat)