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Michael Kiwanuka Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year, and also shared a new video to the song “Light”.

Michael Kiwanuka Shortlisted for Mercury Prize Album of the Year for his third album “Kiwanuka”, it’s the third time in his career following nominations for “Home Again” and “Love & Hate”. He has been already nominated for numerous honors, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize, BBC Music Awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC's Sound of 2012. He also shared recently a new video to the song “Light (Edit)”, it's shorter version of the song from his self titled third album produced by Inflo (Saul, Little Simz) and Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Black Keys).

“It still feels just as amazing as the first (nomination). The Mercury is a place you can celebrate artistic merit – one of the few places that upholds that in the mainstream. It supports music as an art form, more than just a form of entertainment and commercial gain. For me that’s super important”, Kiwanuka said about the nomination.

Watch below a new video to Michael Kiwanuka song “Light (Edit)”, the first single from his Mercury Prize shortlisted last album “Kiwanuka”:

“The way so much of the world has been designed has often caused me and so many other Black people psychological damage. We so often hear that we are lesser than because we are Black. We are a label, a token, a statistic, and we can be dehumanized.” Though he’s never been one to shy away from using both his art and his platform to unapologetically display his blackness, this time he says, “I wanted to declare in words that I’m so proud to be Black. We are so beautiful and have such a wonderful history of strength, overcoming, talent, innovation, creativity, invention and love”, Kiwanuka says.

Michael Kiwanuka album “Kiwanuka” came out 1 November 2019, via Polydor and Interscope Records. 

 

The Mercury prize, since 1992 aims to recognize “artistic achievement across a range of contemporary music genres”. Full shortlist of nominees below:

Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head

Kano – Hoodies All Summer

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Charli XCX – How I'm Feeling Now

Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter

Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Anna Meredith – FIBS

Georgia – Seeking Thrills

Lanterns On The Lake – Spook The Herd

Porridge Radio – Every Bad

 

 

Listen below to Michael Kiwanuka album “Kiwanuka”, which features song “Light (Edit)”:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:

Moses Boyd - Stranger Than Fiction

Michael Kiwanuka - Light

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - Tango of Love

Alan Braufman - Home

Christian McBride Big Band - Pie Blues

Gregory Porter - Concorde

Matthias Bublath - Jaks Joint

Takuya Kuroda - Change

RoRo, Hache - Mine

Miles Francis & Jas Walton - Tuesday

Greg Spero, MonoNeon, Robert 'Sput' Searight, Ruslan Sirota - Overemotional (Tiny Room Sessions)

The Chicago Experiment - Maxwell Street

Toni Sauna, Wildcookie - You Forgot

Photay - Quest of the Pseudacris

Maverick Sabre - Signs

Richard Houghten - Sticks and Stones

Cheap Monk, Mike Casey - I Don't Have Time (No Tengo Tiempo)

Mausiki Scales - Kaleidoscopic Universe

Femi Temowo, Theo Croker, Soweto Kinch - Breathe

Pete Josef, Marie Lister- Giants

Lucky Chops - Memories

Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper - Play with Sky

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