Michael Kiwanuka wins 2020 Mercury prize
Folk-soul singer wins £25,000 prize on third attempt for the album Kiwanuka, described by the Guardian as one of the best albums of the past decade
.His album, released in November 2019, draws equally from folk and soul as the songwriter sings of freedom, love, and struggles both personal and collective; one track samples protests during the 1960s US civil rights movement. It wasdescribed in a Guardian review
as a “bold, expansive, heartfelt, sublime album. He’s snuck in at the final whistle, but surely this is among the decade’s best.” It reached No 2 on release, and spent 18 weeks in the UK charts.He thanked his producers, Inflo and Danger Mouse, “some of the best musicians, artists, creatives around, they’ve really helped me grow”. Asked why he given the album his name, he said he had experienced “imposter syndrome … it was taking things away from the experience of doing my dream job. So I made a decision when I was making this album that I wanted to be myself, enjoy it, and not hold back, and show myself as clear as I can be.” He also said he wanted to be “loud and proud” about his African heritage, as the son of Ugandan immigrant parents.
Kiwanuka was the bookies’ favourite to win, followed by, Kano and Moses Boyd. After his nomination, he told the Guardian: “The Mercury is a place you can celebrate artistic merit – one of the few places that upholds that in the mainstream.” Read more: The Guardian »
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Congratulations to michaelkiwanuka Maldives 🇲🇻🇲🇻 Why does Guardian writer, Ben Beaumont Thomas refer to michaelkiwanuka as a ‘folk-soul singer’? So much more to him and his music than that label Brilliant, well deserved. Seriously good choice Well deserved a brilliant winner but obviously the guardian have not heard any of his three albums because he’s not a boring fucking folk singer
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And then some say kids don't have guitar hero's anymore... Amazing artist, amazing band. Fancy that, (none of it actually means anything now it's all about ticking boxes) but well done Congratulations! 🎉🎂🇺🇲 Zurecht! Kaufen! Well deserved he’s a great songwriter.
Michael Kiwanuka wins the 2020 Mercury PrizeThe star's soul-searching, self-titled album is named the best British record of the past 12 months. Wonder why Hugest congratulations, I believe that the album was recorded ChaleAbbey studios piano expertly tuned by my husband cyberduk1979 His music is beautiful. Congratulations, Michael!
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