Michael Kiwanuka recommended for MOBO
Since his emergence in 2010 north London singer songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has been slowly but steadily gathering momentum. With his effortless blend of rootsy acoustic folk and a voice straight out of the classic soul archives Kiwanuka is breathing fresh life into the British singer-songwriter circuit. Despite largely slipping under the mainstream radar (for now) Kiwanuka has been garnering the attentions of soul and folk fans across the county and also managed to bag a support slot on Adele’s recent tour.
His debut release came in June of this year, the warmly received ‘Tell Me a Tale’ E.P, with the eponymous lead track displaying a decidedly vintage feel. A combination of timeless soulful vocals coupled with a jazz led plethora of flute, strings, and brass sections harked back to the 1960s and 70s hay day of soul music greatness. The release showcased his ability to cross between the more laid back core of his work to a bigger sound whilst earning him comparisons to the likes of Bill Wither’s and Al Green.