Femi Kuti was born into the history of Afrobeat–literally. Son to the genre’s pioneer, Feli Kuti, the Nigerian bandleader has been a leading force both musically and in numerous political causes (Pan-Africanism, Socialism, anti-AIDS campaigns) in addition to numerous releases. The percussive genius has released records for Motown, Polygram, and Mondo Melodia, and has attempted to run for President in Nigeria. Dude is no joke.

Wrasse Records recently released Femi Kuti: The Definitive Collection, a two-disc boxed set drawing on material from his various albums, his exclusive mixes, a duet with Rachid Taha, and a cover of Fela’s “Water No Get Enemy.”

Femi Kuti: The Definitive Collection is out now on Wrasse

In homage to the newest chapter in his release history, Femi will visit North American stages, allowing his flock of followers to get a live taste of Afrobeat history.

07/02 Milwaukee, WI: Summerfest
07/04 Detroit, MI: Comerica City Festival
07/06 Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Blues Festival
07/07 Quebec City, QC: Quebec Festival
07/08 Boston, MA: Paradise
07/11 New York, NY: Summerstage
07/12 Philadelphia, PA: Theater of the Living Arts
07/13 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club
07/14 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouse
07/16 Austin, TX: Stubb’s
07/18 Flagstaff, AZ: Orpheum
07/19 San Diego, CA: House of Blues
07/20 Los Angeles, CA: House of Blues
07/21 San Francisco, CA: Fillmore
07/22 Truckee, CA: Truckee Regional Park
07/25 Seattle, WA: Showbox
07/26 Vancouver, BC: Commodore Ballroom
07/27 Portland, OR: Horning’s Hideout
07/29 Salt Lake City, UT: The Depot
07/30 Aspen, CO: Belly Up
07/31 Boulder, CO: Boulder Theater
08/02 Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Zoo Amphitheater
08/03 Chicago, IL: Lollapalooza Festival