Reggae legend Bob Marley’s second son waited decades before taking center stage, but lately he’s been racking up even more Grammys than older brother Ziggy. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club,
Boston. 617-562-8800, www.ticketmaster.com
ANTIBALAS On their first album in five years, simply titled “Antibalas,” these 14 accomplished musicians return to their prime inspiration, Fela Kuti’s simmering Afrobeat. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800, www.ticket
BEATS ANTIQUE David Satori plays Balkan and Middle Eastern-derived tunes, Tommy Cappel provides electronic beats, and Zoë Jakes belly dances, completing their tribal performance art. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Royale, Boston. Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of show.
ASIAN MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL This one-night showcase covers a huge geographic and stylistic span for a moderate price. Sept. 26, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com
HANGGAI Even though these young Mongolians sometimes slip into pop-rock cheese, their modernization of traditional multi-note throat singing is still as daring as it is rare. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.worldmusic.org
BACHACO Boston’s traveling “rock en español” dance party Clandestino celebrates its ninth anniversary with this fitting Miami band, which eases its ska punch with cumbia lilt.
Oct 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 before 10:30, $20 after. Naga, Cambridge. 617-661-4900, www.clandestino.us
OBBINI TUMBAO A very fine local Afro-Cuban dance band, with the old machismo upended by leaders Anita Quinto on percussion and Rebecca Cline on piano. Oct. 5, 7:30 and
10 p.m. Tickets: $20. Reggata-bar, Cambridge. 617-661-5000, www.regattabarjazz.com
THE ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI The joyous pride of this longstanding troupe underscores its regal name. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Somerville Theater, Somerville. 617-625-4088, www.worldmusic.org
Recent collaborations with members of TV on the Radio have only enhanced the sad, stoic beauty of these Saharan nomads’ guitar drones. Oct. 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800, www.ticket
STAFF BENDA BILILI Paraplegic street musicians and abandoned teens who met in the Kinshasa Zoo bring their wonderfully upbeat Congolese rumba to Boston for the first time. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3103. www.icaboston.org
NOUVELLE VAGUE Talk about “world fusion:” These French coquettes reinterpret Anglo-American new wave classics as gentle sambas, insulting three continents with their chic cheek. Oct. 27, 6 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show. Royale, Boston. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com
LUIS ENRIQUE Nicaragua’s romantic salsa pioneer performs a rare budget-priced show with a large ensemble of Berklee students. Nov. 8, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8, $16 advance, $12, $22 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com
The Cuban jazz trumpeter just added a set of refined tangos to his huge, diverse repertoire. Nov. 23-24, 8 and 10 p.m. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. Tickets: $40. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz
This Ottawa sextet always balances its blend of African, Latin, and jazz styles with cool finesse. Nov. 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. Brighton Music Hall, Allston. 617-562-8800, www.brightonmusic
CHUCHO VALDÉS QUINTET The virtuoso pianist has long sublimated his Cuban roots in his sophisticated jazz, but he never completely surrenders the clave. Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$58. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
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