Things just keep getting better and better for Michael Kiwanuka, not just in Ireland… but internationally. After gracing the stage of The Sugar Club and Grand Social in previous months, Michael Kiwanuka has officially confirmed his largest headline Irish Tour Date yet. Michael Kiwanuka will be performing live on stage at The Academy in Dublin on Saturday the 19th of May 2012. Tickets for Michael Kiwanuka live at The Academy in Dublin are priced from €16 including booking fee and will be on sale from Friday the 17th of February 2012 through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Michael Kiwanuka live at The Academy in Dublin.
With Michael Kiwanuka, it’s all about the voice – A voice that he describes as “hitting straight through to the core” with direct, emotional songs about love, yearning, comfort and belonging. It’s a voice that built Michael Kiwanuka a following via MySpace and small London gigs, and led Paul Butler from The Bees to invite him to the band’s Isle of Wight studio to lay down these introductory tracks from what promises to be a major new British singer / songwriter. Which makes it all the more strange, really, that what Michael Kiwanuka originally set out to be was a session guitarist who maybe wrote the odd song for other people.
For Michael Kiwanuka, key musical touchstones include Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Shuggie Otis, Roberta Flack’s First Take, Bill Withers’ Live At Carnegie Hall and D’Angelo’s modern soul landmark Voodoo.
Few records make such an instant impression as Michael Kiwanuka’s debut album entitled ‘Home Again’. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless.
From the opening bars of the stirring ‘Tell Me A Tale’, it is instantly clear that ‘Home Again’ is a very special album.
While its more upbeat characteristics are embodied in the Prince Buster-like loping of the lovelorn but irresistibly catchy ‘Bones’ and the rolling soul groove of ‘I’ll Get Along’, elsewhere it proves itself to be a record of real stripped-down beauty and it is with the title track of ‘Home Again’, however, that Michael Kiwanuka feels the record’s sounds and themes are ultimately encapsulated.
It is an album that is set to make the liquid-voiced singer an international name and touch its listeners in the same way as his favourite records inspired Michael Kiwanuka himself.
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