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This weekend offers some greats (Omara Portuondo, Toots Hibbert), as well as some interesting lesser-knowns.
Saturday Move over, Shakira, there’s another Colombian bombshell in town. Maria Mulata performs her own brand of Colombian folk music in a variety of languages—including Spanish, Portuñol (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish), and an ancient Mayan dialect—for free at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage from 6 to 7 p.m. If you can’t make it, you can always check out the webcast.
Omara Portuondo, the legendary 70-year-old Cuban singer who’s made a name for herself both as a solo act and with the Buena Vista Social Club, is performing at George Washington University’sLisner Auditorium. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets $25-$45.
Ever heard Georgian folk music? Didn’t think so. The Zedashe Ensemble, formed 15 years ago in an effort to revive traditional Georgian music after years of Soviet repression, plays the Glen Echo Town Hallat 8 p.m. Tickets $15.