Friday, January 6, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka wins the Sound of 2012

I'm am thrilled to bits that Michael Kiwanuka has picked up the BBC's Sound Of 2012 accolade. Long-time readers will know the blog has been supporting his music since last May, when his debut EP Tell Me A Tale came out.

The Guardian are probably going to sneer that Michael is part of the "new boring" phenomenon they keep trying to make happen. And yes, Michael does wear an interesting selection of chunky knitwear, but he's also one of the most affecting, soulful artists the UK has produced in a decade.

If you haven't heard his music yet, I've posted a handful of videos below. Just listening to them should make all the tension drop out of your shoulders and brighten up your day immeasurably.

Michael Kiwanuka - I'm Getting Ready (acoustic)

Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale

Michael Kiwanuka - I'll Get Along (live)

Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

Wasn't that marvellous? All of those songs, with the exception of I'll Get Along, are available on iTunes. Home Again is the new single, which you can buy via this link.

If you want to know more, here's my interview with Michael on the BBC News site.

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