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Video: Michael Kiwanuka’s “Tell Me a Tale” resurrects ‘60’s Soul

Listen to "Tell Me a Tale" by British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka.

If it weren't for the fact that he's still alive, I'd swear that Bill Withers died, and his spirit is currently possessing a British singer by the name of Michael Kiwanuka. Since that clearly isn't the case, I'm at a loss to explain why this guy is so astonishingly talented. His voice has a smoky resonance that leads one to think he came out of the womb singing soul music. It's rhythm and blues in the classic sense of the term, every word is robust and every strum of the guitar is weighty and dense. I'd go on with the superlatives, but I'm afraid that after a certain point it would become downright sycophantic, and no one wants to see that. Instead I'll recommend that you follow my lead and seek out every song this guy has ever made.


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

Kiwanuka's new EP, Tell Me A Tale, is due out June 7th (or 13th - the details are bit unclear after some internet research), but if you're like me and you can't wait all of two weeks, a few of the sessions from the EP are already available on Itunes.

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Michael Kiwanuka Drops Highly-Anticipated New Album 'KIWANUKA'

The artist reclaims his heritage and self-identity on a nostalgic new album.

British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka has released his highly-anticipated third studio album KIWANUKA, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed sophomore album Love & Hate.

The 14-track album features the previously released singles "You Ain't the Problem" and "Hero," and was largely produced by Dead Mouse and Inflo. The artist named the album KIWANUKA in a bold attempt to reclaim his heritage no matter how foreign it might seem to others. "I won't change my name, no matter what they call me," he sings on "Hero."

Speaking on the album's title, he told New Statesman: I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

The deeply funk, soul and psychedelic rock-inspired album, sees the artist tapping into both the personal and political as he deals openly with self-doubt and what it means to overcome it, and addresses present-day social ills like police brutality and immigration.

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Watch Michael Kiwanuka's Soul-Stirring Performance of 'Solid Ground' on A COLORS SHOW

The artist graces Colors Studios ahead of the release of his forthcoming album 'KIWANUKA.'

Award-winning soul singer Michael Kiwanuka is the latest artist to grace the popular YouTube-based 'A COLORS SHOW.'

Sitting before a retro keyboard, the British-Ugandan singer delivers a melancholic and rich rendition of "Solid Ground" a song from his forthcoming album KIWANUKA.

The stripped-down setting of the Colors studio offers a fitting backdrop for the no-frills performance, allowing for the singer's booming vocals to take center stage.

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The 17-track album features Naira Marley, Zlatan, Popcaan, Summer Walker and more.

Davido's much anticipated sophomore album A Good Time has finally dropped. Trust us when we say that it's aptly named. Seven years after his debut album Genesis and a string of incredibly successful singles and collaborations with the likes of Demola, Big Narstie and Jeremih, the Nigerian superstar is in top-form on this new 17-track project. Naira Marley, Zlatan, Popcaan, Yonda, Summer Walker, Wurld, Dremo and several other talented artists are featured on the album.

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The Ndlovu Youth Choir Wins the Hollywood Music in Media Award

South Africa's favorite choir continues on its winning streak.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir continues to fly the South African flag high. Recently, the choir was awarded the Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category of "Best Independent Music Video" alongside Grammy award-winning South African flautist, Wouter Kellerman, for their Zulu rendition of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You".

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