Gentleman, the German multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist set to release his U.S. debut album Diversity on Feb 14 (VP), will embark on North and South America tour beginning in March 2012.

The first leg of the Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity Tour has been announced and the U.S. portion includes a west coast run supporting SOJA and his debut NYC showcase.  He will continue to tour in South America until April 1st. See schedule below and more dates will be added.

Gentleman is a crucial component in the movement of international artists beyond Jamaica who are expanding the footprint of reggae music.  NPR’s Saturday Weekend Edition talks in more depth on a special segment about non-Jamaican reggae music and recently called Gentleman the“Eminem of Reggae.”

With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, Gentleman is long overdue for his U.S. debut of Diversity. The international version of the album already charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence. On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – and teams up with top Jamaican recording artists, including reggae lyricist and singer Tanya Stephens, the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott, Christopher Martin (Season Two winner of Jamaica’s televised talent competition, Rising Stars) and producers Don Corelone, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.

U.S. Tour Dates:
3/7 @ The Fillmore in San Francisco (opening for SOJA)
3/8 @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA (opening for SOJA)
3/10 @ House of Blues in Hollywood, CA (opening for SOJA)
3/11 @ House of Blues in San Diego, CA (opening for SOJA)
3/13 @ Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY
3/14 @ State Theatre in Falls Church, VA

South America Tour Dates:
3/16 @ Figali Convention Center in Panama City, Panama
3/17 @ Puntarenas in Jaco, Costa Rica
3/20 @ Teatro Bar in Caracas, Venezuela
3/22 @ Teatro Bar in Valencia, Venezuela
3/23 @ Sala Ferimar in Maracay, Venezuela
3/28 @  Teatro Colegiales in Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/30 @ Festival Estereo Picnic in Bogota, Colombia
3/31 @ Lollapalooza Festival  in Santiago de Chile, Chile