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Michael Kiwanuka's New Video Shows What It's Like To Be A 'Black Man In A White World'

Michael Kiwanuka shares the Hiro Murai-directed video for "Black Man In A White World," the first single from his upcoming LP 'Love & Hate.'

It's been four years since Michael Kiwanuka dropped his acclaimed debut album Home Again. Now, the British-Ugandan singer and songwriter is preparing to release his long-awaited sophomore album Love & Hate, a record that “struts to a much more psychedelic, free form beat," the artist mentions.


The album's first single “Black Man In A White World" brims with palpable emotion and soul. In the spirit of early 20th century blues, Kiwanuka poetically describes the ills of living in a white-dominated society. “I'm in love, but I'm still sad. I've found peace, but I'm not glad" he sings as the song's rhythmic beat—infused with subtle violin chords and timely hand claps—plays in the background.

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The music video, shot by Japanese director Hiro Murai, shows a young man dancing in the middle of an LA street where he experiences a police hit and run. Seemingly unaffected by what he's just seen, the boy continues to jam out until he steadily ascends towards the sky.

Watch “Black Man In a White World" below. Michael Kiwanuka's Love & Hate drops on May 27. Pre-order it here, the first 500 vinyl pre-orders will be signed by Michael Kiwanuka.

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