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British artist Michael Kiwanuka has announced two tour dates this December, playing shows in Los Angeles and New York City. Born and raised in North London by Ugandan immigrants, Michael’s ‘60s soul and introspective lyrics draw comparisons to Otis Redding, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye. The LA Times deemed Michael “underrated,” noting: “What grabs you first is that voice, a delicately sandpapered, yearning instrument that recalls Bill Withers over a shuffling, breezy funk rhythm. Once the Afrobeat horns and "What's Going On?"-era strings come in, you're hooked and ready to hear more.”
Kiwanuka is currently signed to Cherrytree Records and is planning on releasing a debut full-length in 2012. These upcoming shows will be in support of his two EPs Tell Me a Tale and I’m Getting Ready. The EPs were released by Communion Records, a Mumford & Sons affiliated label. Watch the title track to I’m Getting Ready at the link below:
The performances kick off Tuesday, December 6 at the Hotel Café and are followed by a show at Joe’s Pub in New York City. See below for details.
I’m Getting Ready features tracks penned by Kiwanuka about yearning, comfort and belonging that he describes as “hitting straight through to the core.” The title track particularly showcases the artist’s soothing, melodic tenor and folky soul sound. “It’s a challenge to write a good tune,” Michael says. “And if it comes out bluesy or souly then cool man, as long as it’s a good tune!”
Tell Me a Tale and I’m Getting Ready are currently available on iTunes.
Michael Kiwanuka Tour Dates
December 6 – Los Angeles @ Hotel Café
December 8 – New York City @ Joe’s Pub