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Since the death of Bob Marley, no reggae artist has sold more albums than dancehall don Yellowman. “That’s what they tell me, and I’m not surprised,” says the Kingston native, who has more than 40 albums to his credit. “White people know me and Bob Marley more than any other reggae artists.” It seems those white people have a knack for choosing innovators: While Marley was pioneering roots-reggae, Yellowman was pushing the envelope in a different direction, “toasting” over other acts’ musical beds in the decidedly self-important style that marks dancehall. His first album, Mad Over Me, set the standard for the guns ‘n’ girls poses that newer dancehall artists still mimic. So why is Yellow still the king? ‘Cause he can imitate the King! Yellowman’s cover of “Love Me Tender” on last year’s Message to the World is so dead-on you’ll think you put in the wrong disc. And just wait ’til you hear his Neil Diamond cover. With the Sagittarius and Willy Paul & DKGB at 10 p.m. at the Bayou, 3135 K St. NW. $15. (202) 333-2897. (Joshua Green)