Michael Kiwanuka – Fiesole – 17 luglio 2021
Michael Samuel Kiwanuka (born 3 May 1987) is a British singer-songwriter and record producer who is signed with Polydor Records. His 2012 debut album Home Again went gold in the United Kingdom and his second album, Love & Hate, debuted in 2016 at number one. He has been nominated for numerous honours, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC's Sound of 2012.
Born and raised in Muswell Hill, London, Kiwanuka is the son of Ugandan parents who escaped the Amin regime. He attended Fortismere School, leaving there in 2005 after completing his A-Levels. He went on to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster.
Kiwanuka worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy before working as a solo artist. His first proper gig was at The Oxford in Kentish Town at age 22. He came to the attention of Communion Records, which released his first two EPs, including his debut Tell Me A Tale on 13 June 2011.
Kiwanuka supported Adele on her Adele Live 2011 tour, as well at her iTunes Festival 2011 gig, and played at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling.
In 2011, he signed a deal with Polydor Records. He was included in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and was named as the winner on 6 January 2012. 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.
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.
Kiwanuka has acknowledged influences from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers, Otis Redding,Jack Johnson, Pops Staples, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Bibb, Tommy Sims, Wham!, Richie Havens and Funkadelic. He has played with James Gadson, who drummed for Bill Withers.
His song "Cold Little Heart" serves as the opening theme for the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. 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". His song "Love & Hate" aired in an episode of Dear White People in 2017.
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. His song "Love & Hate" features in Episode 2 of the Netflix miniseries When They See Us.
He appeared as a fictional version of himself in the British rom-com Yesterday, playing at the Latitude Festival.