MICHAEL KIWANUKA’S EPONYMOUS THIRD ALBUM WINS THE MERCURY PRIZE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
KIWANUKA THE UNANIMOUS WINNER WITH THE PRIZE’S JUDGING PANEL + ANNOUNCES LATEST SINGLE “LIGHT (EDIT)”
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28 SEPTEMBER 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - Michael Kiwanuka is very proud to be the 2020 winner of this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year’ with his eponymous and peerless third album, KIWANUKA.
Listen to "Light (Edit)" BELOW
Michael, who has been nominated for the prize with each of his albums to date, took home the prize at the third time of asking with a record that united the judges.
Remarking on the news straight after its announcement, Michael said: “I don’t even know what to say - I’m speechless. This is amazing…I don’t even have any words. This is ridiculous, it’s crazy! I’m so happy. Third time’s a charm. It’s blown my mind. I’m over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I’m over the moon.”
The judging panel heralded the record as a ‘masterpiece’: “Warm, rich, hugely accomplished and belonging to no one genre but its own, KIWANUKA is a masterpiece."
KIWANUKA was released in November 2019 to widespread critical acclaim, with The Guardian describing it as one of the albums of the decade. Produced/co-written with Danger Mouse and Inflo, it’s a record that tackles a broader understanding of identity, social injustices, acceptance and resilience all spun through a sonic feast of sound.
To coincide with the award, Michael is pleased to share the video for his latest single, "Light (edit)." "Light (edit)" here is a mesmerizing, psychedelic-kissed tune that showcases the musicianship and atmospherics that make KIWANUKA such an alluring record.
Today, Michael discusses the making of the record and what the award means to him in conversation with Jools Holland on BBC 2. Listen BELOW
Watch Michael and a string orchestra perform "Solid Ground" at London’s V&A earlier this month BELOW
KIWANUKA could conceivably have dazzled in any era. A rich and soulful modern classic.
Michael’s eagerly anticipated tour of the UK is now scheduled for the Spring:
26th March – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Source Universal Music Canada
September 28, 2020 10:00am ET by Pressparty