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Michael Kiwanuka

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Michael Kiwanuka had a musical epiphany after hearing Bill Withers’ landmark 1973 soul-folk double album Live At Carnegie Hall. While many have tried to conjure the same subtle magic as Withers and his crack band, East London’s Kiwanuka comes closer than anyone DI has ever heard, also touching on landmark figures like Terry Callier and the jazzier end of John Martyn. His debut album, Home Again was released in the United Kingdom today and is scheduled for U.S. release on July 31st. The Impound is currently getting its first listen to the full album and we’re pretty knocked out. For now, check out a live take on a standout cut captured in London earlier this year. Kiwanuka’s first U.S. tour dates were also announced today with a string of shows in June. Dates and details here.