New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Michael Kiwanuka is very pleased to share his new single, "Hero". It is the third track to be taken from his forthcoming new album, KIWANUKA. The album is released on November 1.
The song pays homage to some of the world's most important history-changing heroes that were taken too soon due to violence; heroes to Michael and others, like Fred Hampton, Martin
Luther King, Malcolm X, JFK, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Tupac and more. The flip side, of course, is the idea that those who bring the most evil to this world seem to live the longest, making him ponder the idea that maybe all heroes die first.
KIWANUKA is released through Polydor Records/Universal Music. It is the follow-up to Michael's number 1 second album, Love & Hate, released back in July 2016 that resonated broadly both critically and in the public's affections, netting the British musician his second Mercury Prize nomination and his second and third BRIT nominations too.
Recorded in New York, LA and London, Michael returned to the studio with Danger Mouse and Inflo, the same production team that combined so magnificently on Love & Hate, KIWANUKA finds a new assuredness in Michael's writing, and takes the basic sonic blueprint of that last record to a dizzying new realm.
Following a headline performance at this year's End of the Road Festival in September, Michael will take KIWANUKA out on the road for the rest of this year and next, with the first UK shows announced today for March 2020.