Michael Kiwanuka, Great Britain
Michael Samuel Kiwanuka (born 3 May 1987) is a British soul musician. Kiwanuka grew up in Muswell Hill, North London, the son of Ugandan parents who had escaped the Amin regime. He attended Fortismere School, leaving there in 200. He went on to study at the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. Kiwanuka has acknowledged influences from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Jack Johnson, Pops Staples, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Eric Bibb, Tommy Sims, Wham!, Richie Havens, and has played with James Gadson, who drummed for Bill Withers. He worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy, before working as a solo artist; his first proper gig was at The Oxford, Kentish Town. Kiwanuka supported Adele on her Adele Live 2011 tour, as well at her iTunes Festival 2011 gig, and played at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling. He was included in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and was named as the winner on 6 January 2012. In July 2016, he performed at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on the same day as Carole King and Don Henley.