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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

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    Indie Chill

    3 songs

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

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