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Michael Kiwanuka announces third album and UK tour (2020)

Michael Kiwanuka

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Kiwanuka has announced details of his third album, Kiwanuka.

Released on October 25, 2019 through Polydor Records, Kiwanuka is the follow-up to Michael’s number 1 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.

Michael explains: “The last album came from an introspective place and felt like therapy, I guess. This one is more about feeling comfortable in who I am and asking what I want to say. Like, how could I be bold and challenge myself and the listener? It is about self-acceptance in a more triumphant rather than melancholy way. It’s an album that explores what it means to be a human being today.”

“When I first signed a record deal, people would ask me, ‘So what are you going to be called?’. And I never thought of that; calling myself Johnny Thunders or whatever, like singers from the past. So, on this album it’s kind of a defiant thing; I’m engaging with who I am and I’m not going to have an alter ego, or become Sasha Fierce or Ziggy Stardust, even though everyone’s telling me I need to be this, that or the other. I can just be Michael Kiwanuka.”

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 for March 2020.

Tour tickets go on general sale from Friday, August 23.

The UK tour dates are (all March 2020)

2 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
3 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
5 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
6 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
7 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
9 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
10 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
12 – O2 Academy, Leeds
13 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
14 – Barrowlands, Glasgow