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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
    2 songs

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    2 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    3 songs

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    3 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    2 songs

    Relax Trax

    1 song

    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.   Cold Little Heart
  6.   Love & Hate
  7.   I Need You by My Side
  8.   One More Night
  9.   Rest
  10.   Black Man in a White World
  11.   Always Waiting
  12.   Lasan
  13.   I'll Never Love
  14.   Any Day Will Do Fine
  15.   Bones
  16.   I Won't Lie
  17.   Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
  18.   The Final Frame
  19.   Worry Walks Beside Me
  20.   Rule the World
  21.   No More Running
  22.   It Always Comes Back Around
  23.   They Say I'm Doing Just Fine
  24.   Waiting Around to Die
  25.   You'ge Got Nothing to Lose
  26.   Place I Belong
  27.   Falling
  28.   I'll Get Along
  29.   Father's Child
  30.   Now I'm Seeing
  31.   I Need Your Company

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