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In 1992, ex-con reggae dancehaller Supercat appeared on the cover of his Don Dada album wearing 1930’s gangster duds and holding a submachine gun. On his current release, The Struggle Continues, this Jamaican of East Indian descent is quoting Frederick Douglass and offering patois-filled paeans to Jah and Nelson Mandela. Although the ’Cat may have given up some of his hard front, he’s still unleashing his poesy at frenetic tempos and hasn’t given up chattering about women. The album’s finest cut, “My Girl Josephine,” finds Supercat toasting old-school-style over a Sly & Robbie–led ska take on Fats Domino’s classic. With the City Heat Band at 10 p.m. at the Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Ave., Bladensburg. $20. (301) 927-1056.CP