Ugandan born soul artist Michael Kiwanuka has taken to new heights with his latest album Love and Hate. The UK based musician’s sophomore album debuted at No.1 on the UK charts rubbing shoulders with world music regulars like Adele’s 25, Drake’s Views and Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams.
While his 2012 debut album Home Again was rife with his musical influences, Kiwanuka has been heralded by many for finally breaking out of his shell in his latest Polydor Records production.
“…Love & Hate (Interscope), shows Kiwanuka breaking out of that stylistic box…The album announces its more ambitious intentions from the outset…It’s a striking, if atypical, approach to reintroducing himself to his audience,” says writes Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune.
29 year old Michael Kiwanuka is born to Ugandan immigrants who fled the country during Idi Amin’s reign. He grew up in North London and studied at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. Kiwanuka was signed onto Polydor Records in 2011 and he has two albums under his belt; Home Again (2012) and Love and Hate (2016).
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Kiwanuka was a winner of a 2012 BBC Sound of 2012 poll and has performed as a guitarist for artists like Adele (Adele Live 2011) and Chipmunk.