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Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka's music is a persuasive plea for beauty, simplicity and timelessness. The Ugandan-born Londoner is a wise old man in a young man's body. He is as 1975 as he is 2020. The story is that he discovered his musical I on hearing Otis Redding's ‘Sitting on the dock of the bay’. At which point he understands what it is that he must do. Create the soul of today with naturalness and flexibility. The important people in his universe are the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder. Ben Harper is somewhere around too. Jools Holland embraces him, Adele takes him on tour and Kiwanuka grows. And he positively skyrockets in the company of top producer Danger Mouse (Beck, The Black Keys, Gorillaz). Their latest collaboration ‘Kiwanuka’ is one of the most celebrated of last year's albums.

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