Tinder Records, based in Sonoma County, is a long way from what it does best. The Rohnert Park label finds rich musicianship and exquisite voices from distant corners of the world: Havana, Cape Verde, and Andalusia. Cameroon's Henri Dikongue is such a voice. Breaking with the souped-up electronics of modern-day makossa, Dikongue differentiates himself from most African male vocalists by exploring understated poetry and fragile melodies more often associated with that country's female singers. His buoyant voice and playful use of Latin rhythms and jazz riffs are similar to compatriot Sally Nyolo's, but his depth and eloquent reserve would please even "Barefoot Diva" Cesaria Evora. Dikongue performs at Virgin Megastore on Friday, March 27, at 4 p.m. Admission is free; call 397-4525. He is also on KPOO-FM 89.5 at 1 p.m. Friday; and on KPFA-FM 94.1 at 11 a.m. and KALW-FM 91.7 at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.
Any Star Trek/X-Files-loving freakazoid will confirm that the human race is being attacked by a slew of covert and sinister powers including but not limited to the government, little gray men, and conscious technology. Servotron is one of the latter. Imagine a sardonic Moog setting up an organic link with a punk rock body. That Moog dons a sexy, silver Jetsons get-up and seduces you into the Way of Machine with artificial intelligence and hemoglobin pulses. Now multiply it times four. This may be the most insidious invasion our planet has seen yet. And they are well-armed: Members of the Servotron collective have served under Man or Astroman? and Super Nova. Prepare to be assimilated at the Bottom of the Hill on Friday, March 27, with the Peechees, FH Hill Co., and Captured by Robots opening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7; call 621-4455.
Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the United States' purchase of the Philippines from Spain, Kulintang Arts presents Centennial Project Part I: Gabriela Warrior Spirit, a project that combines the ritualistic gestures with the physicality of warrior arts. Leo Giron's Bahala Na Escrima Association and Arriola School of Kamatuurun Kali will give demonstrations in stick and blade fighting, while Royal Hartigan & His World Music Ensemble provides live music at the ODC Theater Friday through Sunday, March 27-29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-14; call 863-9834.
More savage intergalactic invasions: As the name suggests, the Klingonz's attack on San Francisco will be violent and ill-mannered. While Servotron believe that a computer chip is mightier than the sword, the Klingonz -- psychobilly nutters who broke from Dublin's Boneshakers -- believe that a solid head-butt is better than either. The Klingonz perform at the Paradise Lounge on Tuesday, March 31, at 10:30 p.m. with Hayride to Hell and Nocturnal Teds. Tickets are $3; call 861-6906.
-- Silke Tudor