Ugandan Musician Gets Nominated In 2020 Grammy Awards

Ugandan Musician Gets Nominated In 2020 Grammy Awards


By Nellie Nakitende


As Uganda grapples with increasing cases and deaths of COVID-19, good things never cease to come her way.

Just like they say, even during trying times there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.

News reaching is that one of Uganda’s own, Michael Kiwanuka, has been nominated in the 63rd Grammy Awards in the “Best Rock Album” category.

Kiwanuka is a Ugandan based in Britain, born in Muswell, London, to immigrant parents.

His parents escaped the deadly regime of former president Field Marshal Iddi Amin Dada.

He attended Fortismere School and later went on to study Media and Arts at the University of Westminster.

He is a singer, songwriter and producer and is currently signed under Polydor Records. His 2012 debut album ‘Home Again’, topped charts in the UK.

Kiwanuka also worked as a session guitarist with Chipmunk and Bashy before setting out for a solo career. His first proper gig was at the Oxford in Kentish Town at the age of 22. During that time, he came to the attention of Communion Records who released his first two Eps.

 Michael Kiwanuka tweeted about his nomination in this year’s Grammy Awards

He  has been nominated for numerous awards like British Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and BBC music awards. In January 2012, he won the BBC Sound of 2012 and in September 2020 he won the mercury prize.

Kiwanuka has acknowledged influences from musicians such as   Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Jack Johnson, James Gadson who drummed for Bill Withers and many others.

The 63rd Grammy Nomination list was revealed in a livestream last Tuesday. May the best man win!

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