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“Thoughtful, emotional, expertly crafted and often sublime” **** - Mojo


KIWANUKA is structured in movements like a classical symphony” 9/10 – Uncut


“A record that is even more remarkable than Love & Hate. A heavy soul masterpiece” – The Observer


11 OCTOBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Michael Kiwanuka is very pleased to share his new single, "Hero". It is the third track to be taken from his forthcoming new album, KIWANUKA. The album is released on November 1.


Listen to "Hero" HERE


The song pays homage to some of the world's most important history-changing heroes that were taken too soon due to violence; heroes to Michael and others, like Fred Hampton, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, JFK, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Tupac and more. The flip side, of course, is the idea that those who bring the most evil to this world seem to live the longest, making him ponder the idea that maybe all heroes die first. 


KIWANUKA is released through Polydor Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. It is the follow-up to Michael’s number 1 second album, Love & Hate, released back in July 2016 that resonated broadly both critically and in the public’s affections, netting the British musician his second Mercury Prize nomination and his second and third BRIT nominations too.


Recorded in New York, LA and London, Michael returned to the studio with Danger Mouse and Inflo, the same production team that combined so magnificently on Love & Hate, KIWANUKA finds a new assuredness in Michael’s writing, and takes the basic sonic blueprint of that last record to a dizzying new realm.


Watch the video to the debut single from the record, "You Ain’t The Problem", HERE


Following a headline performance at this year’s End of the Road Festival in September, Michael will take KIWANUKA out on the road for the rest of this year and next, with the first UK shows announced today for March 2020.


Full details of the tour and remaining festival performances, with remaining tickets on general sale, available HERE




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