Diaspora based singer Micheal Kiwanuka recently scored the top spot at the UK billboard charts with his love and hate album. It’s his first in that territory after his rookie album Home Again reached No. 4 back in 2012.
Kiwanuka who has acknowledged his influences from musicians like Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix and Morbid Angel among others, worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy, before working as a solo artist.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Kiwanuka is breaking out of the stylistic box,
“The album announces its more ambitious intentions from the outset, with the trembling strings, episodic piano chords and wordless vocals of the 10-minute “Cold Little Heart.”
“The wordless harmonies throughout the album give it an epic feel, less gospel based (as one might suspect with a retro soul recording) and more in line with some of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti Western soundtracks.”
“In an album consumed with a narrator’s struggle to find himself and his place in the world, “Love & Hate” also becomes the recording in which Kiwanuka finds his voice as an artist.”
The soulful singer who grew up in the UK is a son to Ugandan parents who fled the country during Amin’s regime. He attended the school of media, arts and design at the University of Westminster.