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Over the years, the annual Concert of Colors presented by ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Service) and New Detroit, has developed around four elements.

Hitmakers past and present: This year’s include the currently hot Patty Larkin (Friday, 6 p.m.), ’80s reggae stars Third World (Saturday, 7 p.m.),’70s soul-rockers War (Friday, 9 p.m.) and ’50s rock icon Bo Diddley (Sunday, 8:45 p.m.).

Top-drawer Detroit talent: For instance, Robert Bradley and Thornetta Davis, performing together in Detroit Blues Connection (Sunday, 2 p.m.).

Surprises from everywhere: A prime example is Natacha Atlas, a Belgian-born singer-belly dancer with roots in Egypt, Palestine and Morocco who first gained notoriety with the group Transglobal Underground. Atlas performs with Du Oud from Tunisia (Sunday 6:30 p.m.). Others to listen for include Zimbabwean star Oliver Mtukudzi (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), Native American blues-rockers Indigenous (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) and Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria (Saturday, 5 p.m.).

Show and tell: The Rhythm Stage offers performances, demonstrations and (sometimes) hands-on lessons. Saturday and Sunday's artists will play and demonstrate styles from Japanese Taiko to Trinidadian steel drumming.

For complete lineup, see this week's Night&Day listings or check out

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