UK based Ugandan singer, Michael Kiwanuka, is making waves on the charts with the release of his second album.
The first single to be released from Kiwanuka’s new album ‘Love and Hate’ is ‘Black Man in a White World.’
It's official, Love & Hate is Michael's first UK #1 album! Thank you for all of your support.
— Michael Kiwanuka (@michaelkiwanuka) July 22, 2016
Kiwanuka wrote the song based on his experiences growing up in London.
“I feel like, ‘Black Man In A White World’ seems to be resonating a bit. Obviously I wrote it for what’s happening in my own head, but these (are) interesting times. So I guess for some people it’s connecting. But it’s nice that music, I think it’s important to have art and music that connects with the times. So I didn’t do that on purpose, but it’s nice that it is relevant,” he said.
Kiwanuka was initially a session musician before taking the leap to play his own material. ‘Love and Hate’ is Michael’s second album, his first ‘Home Again’ was released in 2012.
“You feel the pressure if – because of the first album a little bit, but the more the pressure was on myself really to make it sound good. It’s difficult to enjoy your own music, you know, because you’re used to listening to other people’s music and that’s always better. It doesn’t matter how much – how hard you work, you’ll never sound as good as the people that inspire you. So it’s quite hard. I’m my biggest critic I think sometimes,” said Kiwanuka.
“I’m just happy that it’s out. It would be amazing if it was like a number one album, but main thing is that – that would be the icing on the cake. Main thing is that it’s out,” he added.
— Michael Kiwanuka (@michaelkiwanuka) July 15, 2016
‘Love and Hate’ is out in the U.K. now and Kiwanuka begins a European tour on July 23.