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Tropical music has been the theme for the past week or so as World Beat prepared for the arrival of DJ Hugo Mendez from the UK. Mendez — who has successfully run the Republic of Sofrito, a “tropical discotheque”, at various venues in London for the past decade or so — was also the compiler of the album Haitian Music: Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978 (Strut,…