Soulful and enchanting, Michael Kiwanuka melds the style of our classic favorites with a modern sound that made his debut album, Home Again, make quite the impact. He didn’t plan on his music sounding the way it does; he just wanted to express himself and that’s just how it came out.
But really, how can anyone complain about an artist who’s channeling the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Bill Withers? You can’t. Or at least, you definitely shouldn’t.
Prior to gracing the industry with his debut album in 2012, Kiwanuka spent years trying to discover where he fit in with his music. London-native, he grew up listening to Nirvana and Radiohead. He loved playing guitar but didn’t know how a black man could fit into the world of rock. When he found out that Jimi Hendrix was black, everything changed and Kiwanuka began actively pursuing the career, playing small gigs and in various cover bands around London. He signed with Communion Records in 2011 and the rest is history.
Many artists pull their influence from classic musicians, but few are able to capture the true message of timeless artists. Kiwanuka seems to be able to do it seamlessly.
[Michael Kiwanuka performs from 4:10 to 5:10 pm on Saturday, May 25th on the Bigfoot stage.]