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‎”It is important to be strong with who you are…” Michael Kiwanuka

Few labels can boast as long, prestigious and varied a musical history as Polydor Records. From the 60s ‘beat boom’ onwards, through the eras of progressive rock, disco and punk, the label has been in the vanguard of every significant new musical development.

While today the likes of the Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol and The Hives maintain Polydor’s enviable cutting-edge reputation, they are never short of  signing new up and coming talent.

At only 22, Michael Kiwanuka is the new addition to Polydor’s already outstanding roster, proving that there’s still an appetite out there for artists brandishing an acoustic guitar and a bundle of superb self-penned blues songs.

Blessed with a unique voice and song writing ability, Michael has been able  to beat the long odds that face any new artist with simple but unforgettable melodies and direct lyrics about the dichotomy of hope and love. His fuss-free approach connects with listeners whether it be the quiet desolation of his first ballad “Home Again” or the surprising straight blues of “Rest”.

Fidgit Box recently caught up with this amazing individual to share his journey that led to a record deal.

At only 23, Michael Kiwanuka is the latest addition to Polydor Record’s already outstanding roster, proving that there’s still an appetite out there for artists brandishing an acoustic guitar and a bundle of superb self-penned blues songs.

Blessed with a unique voice and song writing ability, Michael has been able to beat the long odds that face any new artist with simple but unforgettable melodies and direct lyrics about the dichotomy of hope and love. His fuss-free approach connects with listeners whether it be the quiet desolation of his first ballad “Home Again” or the surprising straight blues of “Rest”.

Fidgit Box recently caught up with this amazing individual to share his story.

http://michaelkiwanuka.com/

Music has long been a social force and unquestionably a powerful form of expression. Many elements of human existence are touched by music. Songs have been used to speak on topics as diverse as social movements, personal experiences and even human freedom.

But why is it that music is so powerful. Do we relate to it because of the obvious – words, lyrics, culture – or, is it because the one thing that keeps us alive is the same thing that music can’t exist without – rhythm, pulse, beat as in heart beat.

Music has long had the ability to deeply influence the way people think. Therefore, musicians have a responsibility to use their gifts not only with passion but also social sincerity. Among those with a genuine talent for an earnest portrayal of the essence of human emotion is today’s featured artist, Michael Kiwanuka.

Michael’s songs are fine, eloquent and generally gorgeous. His music is steeped deep in unrealised passion, romanticism and sorrow, echoing the sounds of blues greats Bill Withers and Otis Redding.  His strident earnestness is tempered, leaving a wry warmth that turns even such ballads as Rest into something intimate and beguiling.

http://www.myspace.com/mikeksongs