The world is his oyster. He is the man who has made one of the biggest impressions on the British music scene in the last twelve months. With humble beginnings, growing up in North London, Michael Kiwanuka is set to take 2012 by storm.
With shows in London, a US tour and appearing on the bill at festivals such as Latitude and Bestival, it seems that this 24 year old British soul singer and guitarist is going far. 2011 was the key year for his breakthrough, as Kiwanuka played alongside Adele on her tour, at the iTunes festival and supported US rockers The Killers in Hyde Park at Hard Rock Calling. Communion Records released both of his EP’s in 2011, before Polydor released his debut album Home Again in March 2012. The debut single Home Again peaked at 29 in the UK singles chart, while the album hit the top 5 of the UK album chart. His commercial success has been backed up by critical acclaim, as Kiwanuka was named BBC Sound of 2012, an honour previously bestowed upon the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and many more.
On Wednesday 23rd May 2012, Michael Kiwanuka entertained the crowds at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. WinkBall reporters caught up with fans at Shepherd’s Bush to find out what it is they love most about Michael and his music.