Michael Kiwanuka Shares Defiant New Song, ‘Beautiful Life’

The song also serves as the title music for Orlando von Einsiedel’s new Netflix documentary ‘Convergence: Courage In A Crisis.’

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Michael Kiwanuka has shared his latest song “Beautiful Life” and you can check it out below.

The new single was recorded by the Mercury Prize-winning artist while he was writing and demoing new tracks for his upcoming fourth record, the follow-up to 2019’s KIWANUKA.

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“Beautiful Life” will also serve as the title music for Orlando von Einsiedel’s new documentary Convergence: Courage In A Crisis, which is out on Netflix today, October 12.

Kiwanuka recorded “Beautiful Life” in London alongside producer St Francis Hotel. He said of the song: “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.

“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.”

Kiwanuka will headline Green Man Festival next summer and is set to provide support to Liam Gallagher during one of his sold-out shows at Knebworth. Prior to that, Kiwanuka will head out on his own headlining tour of the UK in May 2022. You can check the dates out below.

Michael Kiwanuka plays the following UK dates in May 2022:

6 May – O2 Academy, Glasgow
8 May – O2 Academy, Leeds
9 May – De Montford Hall, Leicester
11 May – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
13 May – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
14 May – Bonus Arena, Hull
17 May – O2 Apollo, Manchester
18 May – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
20 May – Brighton Centre
21 May – Pavilions, Plymouth
23 May – O2 Academy, Brixton
25 May – Alexandra Palace, London.

Listen to the best of Michael Kiwanuka on Apple Music and Spotify.

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