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“Does anybody really care about ‘the Congolese-Zairian style of dance music now known as soukous?’” sneered a techno fan in a letter to the editor a while back. Well, as the choice of a 1,600-seat venue for tonight’s Zaiko Langa Langa concert, as well as the regular area appearances of similar groups, makes clear, a number of Washingtonians do care about Africa’s most widely loved musical form. Founded in 1969, Zaiko Langa Langa has subsequently undergone countless personnel changes, but its modus operandi, applied on last year’s Surchoc, has remained constant—gentle, sweet harmony vocals from four to seven male singers, high-pitched, jangly strumming from at least three guitarists, and polyrhythmic percussion via snare drums, congas, and keyboards. Add some hip-shaking dancers, and the longtime appeal of this warm, trance-inducing sound should become understandable—even to singularly obsessed ravers. At 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25-35. (202) 994-7411. (Steve Kiviat)