Asked by Oscar winning British director Orlando von Einsiedel if he wanted to contribute a song to new documentary ‘Convergence: Courage In A Crisis’, Michael Kiwanuka has shared new track ‘Beautiful Life’, which features as the documentary’s title music.
“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,” Michael explains. “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.”
Currently working on the follow-up to 2019’s ‘KIWANUKA’, listen to ‘Beautiful Life’ below.
See Michael Kiwanuka live at the following dates:
06 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
08 – O2 Academy, Leeds
09 – De Montford Hall, Leicester
11 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
13 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
14 – Bonus Arena, Hull
17 – O2 Apollo, Manchester
18 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
20 – Brighton Centre
21 – Pavilions, Plymouth
23 – O2 Academy, Brixton
25 – Alexandra Palace, London
04 – Knebworth Park, Herts (w/ Liam Gallagher)
08 – Summer Sessions, Edinburgh
18-21 – Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons
It’s the third preview of debut album ‘Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile’, due this month.
It comes alongside the news that they’ve signed to Dead Oceans.
The trio’s last album came in 2017 with ‘After Laughter’.
The “dance banger” track, which appears on imminent new album ‘Hold The Girl’, is described as a “turning point” in the record.