As the son of late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and the half-brother (and alleged rival) of musician Femi Kuti, 26-year-old Nigerian singer-saxophonist Seun Kuti is charged with maintaining the "family business." And that business would be blending hypnotic, soul-tickling African percussion, down 'n dirty funk guitar, hot-blooded horn blasts, and pointed, primarily English vocals that wax sociopolitical (just like his old man) into unstoppable, inspiring grooves. Seun is kinda like the Ziggy Marley of the Kuti clan whereas other offspring have watered down or cross-pollinated their father's music with modern styles and structure, he mostly stays true to the classic sound and vision. A seasoned performer who started playing the sax onstage with his father's band, Egypt 80, at the age of nine, Seun has led that nearly-two-dozen-member ensemble since the elder Kuti's 1997 passing, keeping the legacy alive and the family business booming. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 443-1744. 8 p.m., $23-$33.
Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., 2008