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Michael Samuel Kiwanuka (born 3 May 1987) is an English indie and folk rock singer-songwriter and record producer who is signed with Polydor Records.[1] His 2012 debut album Home Again went gold in the United Kingdom and his sophomore album, Love & Hate, debuted in 2016 at number one.[2] He has been nominated for numerous honors, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC's Sound of 2012.

Michael Kiwanuka
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Kiwanuka at Rock Werchter, 2012
Background information
Birth nameMichael Samuel Kiwanuka
Born (1987-05-03) 3 May 1987 (age 32)
OriginMuswell Hill, London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
LabelsPolydor, Communion
Websitemichaelkiwanuka.com

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Muswell Hill, London, Kiwanuka is the son of Ugandan parents who escaped the Amin regime.[3][4] He attended Fortismere School, leaving there in 2005 after completing his A-Levels.[3] He went on to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster.[5]

CareerEdit

 
Performing at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival

Early yearsEdit

Kiwanuka worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy before working as a solo artist.[3] His first proper gig was at The Oxford in Kentish Town at age 22.[6][7] He came to the attention of Communion Records, which released his first two EPs,[3] including his debut Tell Me A Tale on 13 June 2011.[8]

2011–2016: Home Again and Love & HateEdit

Kiwanuka supported Adele on her Adele Live 2011 tour, as well at her iTunes Festival 2011 gig,[9] and played at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling.[10]

In 2011, he signed a deal with Polydor Records.[3] He was included in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and was named as the winner on 6 January 2012.[11] 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.

Kiwanuka released his debut studio album, Home Again, in 2012 to positive reviews from critics. The album peaked at number 4 in the UK and, as of 2012, has sold over 70,000 copies in the UK.[12]

In 2016, Kiwanuka released his follow-up to Home Again, Love & Hate. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching a peak at number 1 on the UK albums chart. The album was produced by Danger Mouse and spawned several singles.

The HiPipo Music Awards honoured Kiwanuka with the Best Global Act award for his Love & Hate album success and musical accomplishments since his 2012 debut album Home Again.

Musical styleEdit

Kiwanuka has acknowledged influences from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers,[3] Otis Redding,[3]Jack Johnson, Pops Staples, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Bibb, Tommy Sims, Wham!, Richie Havens and Funkadelic.[13] He has played with James Gadson, who drummed for Bill Withers.[14]

In popular cultureEdit

His song "Cold Little Heart" serves as the opening theme for the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.[15][16] Season 1 of the Netflix series Seven Seconds features his song "Love & Hate". Season 1 of the Netflix series The Get Down features his songs "Rule the World" and "Black Man in a White World". Season 3 episode 11 of the TNT series Animal Kingdom features his song "Love and Hate". Season 7 episode 8 of Suits entitled "100" features his song "Love and Hate". Season 1 episode 4 of Atlanta features his song "Home Again". Season 4 episode 3 of the Netflix series Grace and Frankie features his song "Rest".[17] His song "Love & Hate" aired in an episode of Dear White People in 2017.[17] Atlanta series 1 episode 5 ending credits theme song. His song Home Again features in the advert for Luxembourg's largest furniture store, Kichechef. His song "Love & Hate" also features in Season 5, Episode 13 of Fox's Empire

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[18]
AUS
[19]
AUT
[20]
BEL (FL)
[21]
IRE
[22]
NL
[23]
NOR
[24]
NZ
[25]
SWE
[26]
US
[27]
Home Again 4 67 13 2 16 1 3 17 8 86
Love & Hate
  • Release: 15 July 2016
  • Label: Polydor Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
1 35 11 9 15 8 170
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended playsEdit

Title Details
Tell Me a Tale EP
(Isle of Wight Sessions)
iTunes Festival: London 2011
  • Released: 8 July 2011[34]
  • Label: Polydor Records
  • Format: Digital download
I'm Getting Ready EP
  • Released: 24 July 2011[35][36]
  • Label: Communion Records
  • Format: Digital download, 10" vinyl
You've Got Nothing to Lose

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[18]
BEL (FL)
[21]
BEL (WA)
[38]
FRA
[39][40]
NL
[23]
US
AAA

[41]
2012 "Home Again"[42] 29 3 61 21 59 29 Home Again
"I'm Getting Ready"[43] 187 8
"I'll Get Along"[44] 54 68
"Bones"[45] 67 85
2013 "Tell Me a Tale" 58 159 10
2016 "Black Man in a White World" 81 104 Love & Hate
"Love & Hate" 74 8
"One More Night" 96 11
2017 "Cold Little Heart"[46] 85 174
[47]
6
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2011 BBC Sound of 2012[11] N/A Won
2012 Brit Awards Critics' Choice[48] N/A Nominated
Barclaycard Mercury Prize[49] Home Again Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push Act[50] N/A Nominated
2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize[51] Love & Hate Nominated
Q Awards Best Solo Artist[52] N/A Nominated
MOBO Awards Best Album[53] Love & Hate Nominated
Best R&B / Soul Act[53] N/A Nominated
LOS40 Music Awards Critics' Award N/A Won[note 1]
BBC Music Awards Album of the Year[54] Love & Hate Nominated
2017 Brit Awards British Male Solo Artist N/A Nominated
British Album of the Year Love & Hate Nominated
Worldwide Awards Album of the Year[55] Won
HiPipo Music Awards Best Global Act Won

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ "Charts EU Airplay Week 18 (p.32)". Music Week. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
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  15. ^ Macon, Alexandra (29 March 2017). "The Big Little Lies Music You've Been Waiting For Is About to Be Released". Vogue.
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  19. ^ Peak chart positions in Australia:
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  31. ^ "British album certifications – Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Type Love & Hate in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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  33. ^ "Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me a Tale EP: Isle of Wight Sessions at Juno Records". Juno.co.uk. 30 June 2011.
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  45. ^ "New Single 'Bones' To Be Released On 24th September". MichaelKiwanuka.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013.
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Preceded by
Jessie J
Sound of...
2012
Succeeded by
Haim