Michael Kiwanuka

Winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, following in the footsteps of Adele, Keane, 50 Cent and Jessie J, 24-year-old Michael Kiwanuka is one to watch.  Kicking off his international tour this week, on Saturday July 7 he plays the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, followed by Liege’s Les Ardentes Festival on the 8th.

Raised in London’s Muswell Hill and a keen supporter of “Glamour Boys” Tottenham Hotspur Michael, who has Ugandan roots, has been compared to soul legends Bill Withers and Otis Redding. This shines through on his debut album Home Again that echoes those classic soul and R&B cuts. Michael lists his influences from Jimmy Hendrix to Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan to Sly and the Family Stone. He’s consciously sought to resist being shaped by the music industry and be true to himself, most eloquently expressed in his hit single ‘Home Again’ from the album of the same name.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda



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