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 Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Fashion Issue 18 Margaret Howell By forgoing trends in favor of classic patterns with distinctive details, Margaret Howell draws from her childhood memories to create simple pieces. Arts & Culture Music Issue 20 Bring It on Home: Leon Bridges From bussing tables to playing at the White House in under two years, Leon Bridges has no plans to part ways with his humble beginnings. Arts & Culture Music Issue 21 Variations on Solitude: Glenn Gould Three decades since his death, Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s inner life endures with as much legend as his recordings. Arts & Culture Music Issue 22 Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Spalding continues to challenge expectations and classifications—particularly her own.