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The members of Zimbabwean Afropop band Mokoomba grew up playing music in the tourist-friendly border town of Victoria Falls. But performing for locals and waterfall visitors from around the world encouraged the group to develop a songbook with a global perspective. Its sound is rooted in southern African rhythms, harmonies, and call-and-response vocals to which they have added aspects of Congolese soukous, hip-hop, and salsa. On the group’s most recent album, Rising Tide, opening cut “Njoka” spells out its modus operandi: It energetically starts with vocals derived from both speedy old-school rap and frog-voiced, Zulu mbaqanga styles before soulful lead refrains come in accompanied by high-pitched guitar and funky bass and keyboard grooves. Read more >>> Mokoomba performs at 7 p.m. at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Sold out. (202) 549-4172. hillcenterdc.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Join Washington City Paper to celebrate the best of D.C. tonight at the D.C. Armory. More than 50 restaurants—from Del Campo to District Doughnut—plus mixologists and breweries will provide tastings. Entertainment includes live music, a mentalist, and more. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $75—buy them here. Best of D.C. at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. washingtoncitypaper.com/events/bestofdc/. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Chamber rock outfit Cloud Cult performs at U Street Music Hall with opening act BBGun, a rock quartet out of Minneapolis. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Seattle-based hip-hop artist Sol takes the stage at DC9 with fellow hip-hop acts Brother From Another and Otieno Terry. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, the award-winning actors and stars of their self-titled web series, record a live episode of their If I Were You podcast at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$40.
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