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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 with the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier, and Van Morrison. 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, performing in various covers bands and temporarily studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and pop music at Westminster University, until an outtake recording of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" inspired him to take a more stripped-back direction. After performing as a session musician for former Bill Withers drummer James Gadson and Tinie Tempah producer Labrinth, he began performing across 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 and finishing 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 as the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 poll and shortly thereafter released his debut single and album, both titled Home Again. ~ Jon O'Brien
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Stations Featuring
Michael Kiwanuka

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    3 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    1 song

    Folk

    Folk
    3 songs

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.   Rest
  7.   Always Waiting
  8.   Lasan
  9.   Any Day Will Do Fine
  10.   Bones
  11.   I'll Get Along
  12.   No More Running
  13.   I Need Your Company
  14.   It Always Comes Back Around
  15.   Ode to You
  16.   I Won't Lie
  17.   They Say I'm Doing Just Fine
  18.   Now I'm Seeing
  19.   Worry Walks Beside Me
  20.   I Don't Know

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