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TUESDAY

Three years ago I nit-picked Senegalese guitarist Baaba Maal’s widely praised Firin’ in Fouta and skipped his D.C. gig. What was I thinking? A few of the CD’s cuts sound too similar, but during subsequent listens I’ve focused more and more on Maal’s high-pitched Islamic wail, and the layers of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms produced by his band Daande Lenol and the album’s African and U.K. contributors. Maal’s wall of sound is built with acoustic and electric strings, complex percussion, and horns and keyboards that invent a latinized James Brown. Maal’s live performances have received raves. Tonight look for songs from recent Senegal-exclusive cassette releases and the upcoming CD Nomad Soul, which features songs with Brian Eno and Jamaican singer Luciano. At 8 p.m. at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. $16. (703) 938-2404. (Steve Kiviat)