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Michael Kiwanuka

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With his acoustic blues-folk sound and timeless soulful voice, singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has been favorably compared to Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier, and Van Morrison. He was born in Muswell Hill, London in 1987, to Ugandan parents who had fled Idi Amin's regime in the '70s. He initially developed a love of rock music -- in particular, Radiohead and Nirvana -- and he performed in various cover bands while briefly studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and pop music at Westminster University. An outtake of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" inspired him to take a more stripped-back approach. After performing as a session musician for former Bill Withers drummer James Gadson and Tinie Tempah producer Labrinth, he played on the capital's live circuit, where he was discovered by the Bees' Paul Butler, who invited him to record material at his Isle of Wight studio. After signing to Mumford & Sons' Communion label in 2011, he released two EPs, Tell Me a Tale and I'm Getting Ready, before supporting Adele on her U.K. tour. He finished third behind Emeli Sandé and Maverick Sabre on the Brits Critics Choice short list. A year later, he followed in the footsteps of Jessie J, Florence + the Machine, and Ellie Goulding when he was announced the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 poll, and shortly thereafter released his debut single and album, both titled Home Again. After an extensive tour, Kiwanuka returned to the studio in 2015. Produced in part by Danger Mouse, his more experimental sophomore album, Love & Hate, was released by Polydor in the summer of 2016. ~ Jon O'Brien
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Stations Featuring
Michael Kiwanuka

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    3 songs

    Folk

    Folk
    3 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

Albums by
Michael Kiwanuka

Top Songs by
Michael Kiwanuka

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   I'm Getting Ready
  3.   Home Again
  4.   Tell Me a Tale
  5.   I Need You by My Side
  6.   One More Night
  7.   Love & Hate
  8.   Rest
  9.   Always Waiting
  10.   Lasan
  11.   Cold Little Heart
  12.   Bones
  13.   Falling
  14.   Any Day Will Do Fine
  15.   Rule the World
  16.   Black Man in a White World
  17.   It Always Comes Back Around
  18.   I Won't Lie
  19.   Worry Walks Beside Me
  20.   They Say I'm Doing Just Fine
  21.   Waiting Around to Die
  22.   Father's Child
  23.   I'll Never Love
  24.   Place I Belong
  25.   No More Running
  26.   I'll Get Along
  27.   Now I'm Seeing
  28.   The Final Frame
  29.   I Need Your Company
  30.   You'ge Got Nothing to Lose
  31.   Ode to You
  32.   I Don't Know
  33.   Rule the World (I Came From the City) featuring Nasir "Nas" Jones

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