As much as I like what I like, I gravitate to music I haven’t heard. It’s simple: My ears want and need new sensations. If you want a break from the tried and true, the Virginia Friends of Mali present the Mande Trio on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Neighborhood Resource Center of Fulton Hill. Led by Kokanko Sata, the singer and master of the harp-oud instrument from the Mandingue region of West Africa known as a Kamele n’goni teams with Assaba Dramé and Lamine Soumano to create a hypnotic, polyrhythmic blend of stringed motherland soul. Proceeds from the concert, in celebration of Mali’s independence day, benefit the Segou-Richmond House — a community center in Ségou that supports girls’ education and social empowerment through sports, the arts and information technology. Longtime Richmond world-music group Hotel X opens. The concert runs 8-11 p.m. $10-$15. nrccafe.org.