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“Viva La World” is a Bastille Day celebration of a different sort of French revolution. Despite the xenophobia preached by the likes of Jean-Marie Le Pen, France has become a country where Moroccans and Algerians, such as those on tonight’s triple bill, are creating Arabic culture with a French twist. Taÿfa features an Algerian emoting in the ancient Berber language over the bagpipes and folky strumming of French-Celtic musicians from Breton. On his captivating CD Diwân, Algerian Rachid Taha melds rock energy, rai rhythms, and jungle electronics with more traditional call-and-response exchanges between his skittering vocals and a smoother-toned female singer’s. Orchestre National De Barbés is a 17-member, Paris-based supergroup from North Africa that mixes cheesy keyboard plunking with more dynamic percussion and stringwork. At 7 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road., Vienna. $12-18. (703) 255-1868. (Steve Kiviat)