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The Portuguese colonized Brazil, but the rhythmic tradition they inadvertently established there was that of West Africa. There is perhaps no more powerful exponent of those Afro-Brazilian polyrhythms than Olodum, the percussion troupe whose almost-martial thumping introduced Paul Simon’s The Rhythm of the Saints. The 23-piece ensemble plays at 10 p.m. at Kilimanjaro, 1724 California St. NW. $20. (202) 328-3838. (Mark Jenkins)