British musician Michael Kiwanuka, with his acoustic blues-folk sound and timeless soulful voice had quickly became one of the most talked-about names in music circles! He’ll be performing at Zorlu PSM on September 27th!
He was born in London to Ugandan parents who had fled Idi Amin’s regime in the ’70s. He initially developed a love of rock music – in particular, Radiohead and Nirvana. He went on to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster and briefly studied jazz at the Royal Academy of Music. His solo career kicked off with the release of Tell Me a Tale and I’m Getting Ready EPs. A year later, he followed in the footsteps of Jessie J, Florence + the Machine, and Ellie Goulding when he was announced the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 poll, and shortly thereafter released his debut single and album, both titled Home Again.
For his second albüm Love & Hate, he worked with with Grammy-winning producer Danger Mouse who has collaborated with such names as Jay-Z, Gorillaz and Beck. His wise-beyond-his-years singing voice and songwriting style presents itself in “Love & Hate”, “Cold Little Heart” and “Black Man In A White World”.