Michael Kiwanuka

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Michael Samuel Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka.jpg
Performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 2012
Background information
Born (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 27)
Origin Muswell Hill, North London, United Kingdom
Genres Soul, folk, acoustic
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Polydor, Communion
Website michaelkiwanuka.com

Michael Samuel Kiwanuka is a British soul musician who is signed to Communion Records.[1] He has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, and Otis Redding,[2] as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations.[3] In January 2012 he won the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.

Early life[edit]

Kiwanuka grew up in Muswell Hill, North London, the son of Ugandan parents who had escaped the Amin regime.[4][5] He attended Fortismere School, leaving there in 2005 after completing his A-Levels.[4] He went on to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster.[6]

Musical style[edit]

Kiwanuka has acknowledged influences from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers,[4] Otis Redding,[4]Jack Johnson, Pops Staples, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Bibb, Tommy Sims, Richie Havens,[7] and has played with James Gadson, who drummed for Bill Withers.[8]

While filming an episode for the 39th season of Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater at ACL Live on Monday, 10 June 2013, Michael and his band played a cover of the late Townes Van Zandt's song Waiting 'Round to Die, from Van Zandt's first album, 1968's For the Sake of the Song.

Career[edit]

Kiwanuka worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy, before working as a solo artist;[4] his first proper gig was at The Oxford, Kentish Town.[when?] He came to the attention of Communion Records, which released his first two EPs,[4] including his debut Tell Me A Tale on 13 June 2011.[9]

Kiwanuka supported Adele on her Adele Live 2011 tour, as well at her iTunes Festival 2011 gig,[10] and played at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling.[11]

In 2011, he signed a deal with Polydor Records.[4] He was included in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and was named as the winner on 6 January 2012.[12] In June 2012, he was illustrated in a BBC article regarding Spain vis-à-vis Uganda during the Eurozone crisis; his putative counterpart was actress Penélope Cruz.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[13]
AUT
[14]
BEL (VL)
[15]
BEL (WA)
[16]
CAN
[17]
DEN
[18]
IRE
[19]
NL
[20]
NOR
[21]
NZ
[22]
SCO
[23]
SWE
[24]
US
[25]
Home Again 4 13 2 26 35 23 16 1 3 17 7 8 117

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Tell Me a Tale EP
(Isle of Wight Sessions)
iTunes Festival: London 2011
I'm Getting Ready EP
  • Released: 24 July 2011[32][33]
  • Label: Communion Records
  • Format: Digital download, 10" vinyl
You've Got Nothing To Lose

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK BEL (VL)
[15]
BEL (WA)
[16]
FR
[35]
NL
[20]
SCO
[23]
2012 "Home Again"[36] 29 3 61 21 59 34 Home Again
"I'm Getting Ready"[37] 187
"I'll Get Along"[38] 54
"Bones"[39] 67

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2011 BBC Sound of 2012 Sound of 2012[12] N/A Won
2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize[40] Home Again Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artists – Communion". Communion. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Kev Geoghegan (16 June 2011). "Michael Kiwanuka: Singing with his soul on his sleeve". BBC News. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Paul Lester (24 May 2011). "New band of the day: Michael Kiwanuka". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Doyle, Tom (2012) "The Soul Man", Mojo, February 2012, p. 68-9
  5. ^ Charlotte Richardson Andrews (5 May 2011). "First sight: Michael Kiwanuka". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Alumnus tops BBC Sound of 2012 poll". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka". Myspace. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka: Singing with his soul on his sleeve". BBC News. 16 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Introducing: Michael Kiwanuka". TwentyFourBit. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Agenda: Kat Maconie; Michael Kiwanuka; Limanation; Pan Am; Transform festival". The Independent. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "Frankie And The Heartstrings, Michael Kiwanuka and Lissie added to Hard Rock Calling bill". NME.com. IPC Media. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Sound of - 2012 - Michael Kiwanuka". BBC Music. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Peak positions for albums in the UK:
  14. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - Austrian Charts". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. 
  15. ^ a b "Michael Kiwanuka - Belgium (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ a b "Michael Kiwanuka - Belgium (Wallonia) Charts". ultratop.be. Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ ALBUMS : Top 100 JAM! Showbiz, Canoe
  18. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - Danish Charts". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. 
  19. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - Irish Charts". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ a b "Michael Kiwanuka - Dutch Charts". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - Norwegian Charts". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz/. Hung Medien. 
  23. ^ a b Peak positions for albums in Scotland:
  24. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. 
  25. ^ Billboard.com
  26. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka". Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Michael Kiwanuka – Home". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Home in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  28. ^ "Gouden plaat voor Michael Kiwanuka". 3FM. 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka 'Tell Me a Tale: The Isle of Wight Sessions' - Digital EP". Amazon.co.uk. 18 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me a Tale EP: Isle of Wight Sessions at Juno Records". Juno. 30 June 2011. 
  31. ^ "iTunes Festival: London 2011 – EP by Michael Kiwanuka". iTunes. Apple. 
  32. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka 'I'm Getting Ready' - Digital EP". Amazon.co.uk. 20 December 2011. 
  33. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready EP at Juno Records". Juno. 26 September 2011. 
  34. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - You've Got Nothing To Lose". www.indieshuffle.com. 3 March 2014. 
  35. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka - SNEP French Singles Charts". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. 
  36. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka 'Home Again' - Digital EP". Amazon.co.uk. 22 December 2011. 
  37. ^ "I'm Getting Ready - Single by Michael Kiwanuka". iTunes. Apple. 
  38. ^ "'I'll Get Along' Video Exclusive on Vevo". MichaelKiwanuka.com. 
  39. ^ "New Single 'Bones' To Be Released On 24th September". MichaelKiwanuka.com. 
  40. ^ Amy Phillips and Evan Minsker. (2012-09-12). "Mercury Prize Nominees Announced". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jessie J
Sound of...
2012
Succeeded by
Haim