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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.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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