Here is your Sunday iPod add . . . any song form Michael Kiwanuka’s debut album Home Again. For months now I have seen Kiwanuka’s face on the sidebar of my facebook page staring at me suggesting I should click on his image to hear his new music. I’ve also seen his image on the bottom of my iTunes in a star-studded line up of what other listeners bought. For months I have pass over his image and move on the next artist that caught my interest.
Well, today, after church and my daughter’s long rehearsal for a play, I headed home and I logged on. There he was Michael Kiwanuka staring at me. While eating my corndog I clicked on his image. Wow! What took me so long to do this? What was I waiting for? Kiwanuka’s music combined the essential elements of acoustic soul and folk in the best way. My musical taste are admittedly broad so, I listen to just about anything (I merely talk about the soul I listen to on this blog) and it’s been a quite along time since I’ve listen to some good contemporary acoustic folk music, rather, acoustic soul folk music.
I listened to a few of his songs and videos on youtube with amazement. Kiwanuka, a 25 year old Brit with roots in Uganda has manage to capture a unique musical rawness of a generation and a half ago. A recent USA Today article described his music as “warm and familiar as Sunday morning” and make sensible vocal comparisons to “Otis Redding” and “Bill Withers.” However, I’ll take it a step further and easily compare him to the likes of badass guitar slingers and song poets such as Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and Richie Havens without reservation. He’s that good! His music is soulful and righteously folk yet contain just enough blues to elicit a mystical wonder that conjures images of deals being made at a Mississippi crossroads.
Listen to Michael Kiwanuka! Don’t sleep on MK! Don’t be like me and pass on him.
Add his album to your iPod and you will thank me later.
Check his videos below:
You gotta check out his version of Hendrix’s “Waterfall”