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Michael Kiwanuka wins the 2020 Mercury Prize

Michael Kiwanuka wins the 2020 Mercury Prize

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Singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has won the 2020 Mercury Prize for his soul-searching third record, Kiwanuka.A lush, immersive album of politicised soul, it sees the star exploring themes of self-doubt, faith and civil rights.Released last November, Kiwanuka beat best-sellers like Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia and Stormzy's Heavy Is The Head to win the £25,000 prize."It's blown my mind," said the singer. "Music is all I've ever wanted to do, so I'm over the moon."Kiwanuka won on his third attempt, having been nominated for each of his previous albums: 2012's Home Again and 2016's Love & Hate."I was kind of resigned to the fact [that] if I don't win one this year, probably I'll never win one," he told BBC 6 Music. Michael Kiw...
Michael Kiwanuka: ‘I am not an imposter’

Michael Kiwanuka: ‘I am not an imposter’

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"I won't change my name, no  matter what they call me," sings Michael Kiwanuka on his latest single, Hero.Over the years, the London-born singer has been called a lot of things. "Michael Kiwa-nin-nin-nooko, Michael Keena-wooka, Michael Kawaski... Anything other than Michael Kiwanuka," he told the BBC when he topped the Sound of 2012 poll seven years ago."Once, on my dressing room, there were like five 'n's - Kiwanininininanuku!"As a young musician, he was repeatedly told to choose a new name to make him "more marketable". Now, with cool self-assuredness, he's called his third album Kiwanuka. All in capitals. Accompanied by a portrait of the singer dressed as a Tudor-era African king.You could interpret that as arrogance or pride,...