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Song of the Day: Michael Kiwanuka – Beautiful Life

Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka shares his new song Beautiful Life, from a soundtrack to Orlando von Einsiedel’s new documentary Convergence: Courage In A Crisis, which is out on Netflix on October 12.

Kiwanuka is a British singer-songwriter and record producer who is signed with Polydor Records. His 2012 debut album, Home Again, went gold in the United Kingdom and his second album, Love & Hate, debuted in 2016 at number one. He has been nominated for numerous honors, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, BBC Music Awards, and The Grammy Awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC's Sound of 2012, and in September 2020, he won the Mercury Prize.

Beautiful Life is his first new music since he released his last album, Kiwanuka, in 2019. That album marked Kiwanuka’s third solo effort and first since 2016’s Mercury Prize-winning album Love & Hate. Kiwanuka is currently working on his fourth album, with tour dates scheduled for the spring of 2022.

 

Listen to Michael Kiwanuka new single Beautiful Life, from the soundtrack to Netflix documentary Convergence: Courage In A Crisis:

In this song I wanted to focus on the feeling that there’s a real strength in the human spirit when you try to look for beauty even in difficult situations. Of course, in some situations that becomes more and more difficult. But I just wanted to ponder on that and wonder what life would be like if I lived it like that. Ultimately whatever people feel from hearing the song is ok with me. But what I was trying to emit through the music was a feeling of defiance. A feeling of strength through adversity, Michael Kiwanuka said of Beautiful Life.

 

Watch the video below of Michael Kiwanuka new single Beautiful Life, from the soundtrack to Netflix documentary Convergence: Courage In A Crisis:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:

 

Matthew Halsall - Harmony with Nature - Live at Hallé St Peter's

Malcolm Jiyane Tree-O - Umkhumbi kaMa

Web Web, Max Herre, Mulatu Astatke - Meskel Flowers - Alternate Version

Nicholas Payton - Hangin' in and Jivin'

Sercan Debelec, Fırat Ağacık, The Kankas - Draco

BADBADNOTGOOD, Arthur Verocai - Love Proceeding

Robert Glasper, D Smoke, Tiffany Gouché - Shine

Poppy Ajudha - Change Your Mind

Substantial, Funky DL - Gift Raps 2.0 - Instrumental

Makaya McCraven - Sunset

Nubya Garcia - Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be - Nala Sinephro Remix

Potatohead People - Bonzai View

Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Marcos Valle - Gotta Love Again - Kaidi Tatham Remix

Chelsea Carmichael - Bone And Soil

Ill Considered - The Lurch

Tenderlonious - Song for My Mother

Robert Walter, Jake Najor - Wet from the Press

The Bamboos - Bad Line - Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

Izo FitzRoy - Thelma & Louise (We're Not Looking Back)

Nas - Big Nas (Original Song from MasterClass)

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