Black Man In A White World - Michael Kiwanuka

from the album Love & Hate (2016)

Where have you been, Michael Kiwanuka?

Back when I started this blog in 2012, I exulted in coming across you and introducing my friends to your music.  As I said in that early blog post, "I look forward towards following (your) career.  (You) may be that needle in the haystack."  At the end of that year, I named your tune Rest as "The Song I Digged Most In 2012."

For the past four years I have waited in vain for your next release.  The world needs your music.  The world needs your voice.

Thank you for your new record.  It is the best music I have heard - well - since your last record.

We live in an increasingly troubled world where voices that shout the loudest drown out many of the voices that need to be heard.  Voices that offer perspective rather than anger.  This is particularly true in music.  When I ask myself "What would Marvin Gaye say?", "What would Curtis Mayfield say?", "What would Sam Cooke say?" - I am really asking "Where is this generation's voice?"

That voice must come from soul music.  After all, there is a reason they call it soul.

On your incredible new record, the song I dig most is Black Man In A White World.  I dig the opening lyrics over handclaps:

I've been low, I've been high
I've been sold all my life
I've got nothing left to pay
I've got nothing left to say
I'm a black man in a white world

I love how the song builds.  How it evokes Fela Kuti, Curtis Mayfield, and Bill Withers.  The rhythm.  The message.  The soul.

Hat's off to you and your team for this record.  I was worth the wait.

Click Here to here watch the official video to Black Man In A White World.

Click Here to watch a "live in the studio" performance of the title track from Love & Hate.  It gives you a feel for this incredible talent.

Click Here to read my 2012 blog post and listen to Rest.

Click Here to check out my "Best of 2012" list.