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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.

LISTEN: Michael Kiwanuka Drops Highly-Anticipated New Album 'KIWANUKA'

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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From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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