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When Michael Kiwanuka decided to pursue music professionally, he thought that would mean becoming a teacher or a session musician. Instead, the British artist has released two albums and been nominated for a Mercury Prize twice. Listening to his songs, it is clear why so many people identify with the music of this unassuming 32-year-old: There is a sense of honesty and passion in every soaring note.

For Kiwanuka, however, creating music is about more than just the final product. It’s about “being true to who you are, ” he says. It’s also about sharing with his audience in a way that goes deeper than albums and Instagram posts, which is why he released the short documentary Out Loud! last year, giving a glimpse into his life on tour and in live performances. “I just wanted to show people what I do in a creative and


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Three

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